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    Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

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    By: Politico Staff
    March 8, 2010 06:04 AM EST

    Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) says the House ethics committee is investigating him for inappropriate comments he made to a male staffer on New Year's Eve and that he's the victim of a power play by Democratic leaders who want him out of Congress because he's a "no" vote on health care reform.
    "Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill," Massa, who on Friday announced his intention to resign, said during a long monologue on radio station WKPQ. "And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill. And now they've gotten rid of me and it will pass. You connect the dots."
    Massa insisted that he did not know the basis of a House ethics committee investigation into his conduct until after he announced his retirement last Wednesday, and he took House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to task for going public with information related to the probe before it is completed.
    Democrats are eating their own now in order to get this healthcare bill jammed through the House.
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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Massa sounds like a loser. You're a Congressman acting like that at a wedding? Do you have any self respect?

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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Massa sounds like a loser. You're a Congressman acting like that at a wedding? Do you have any self respect?
    Maybe so, but the coincidence is suspicious.
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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    the selective interest of the demos - recognizing there are about 30 in congress who are under investigation over serious matters, makes me inclined to side with that sleazy massa fellow


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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    the selective interest of the demos - recognizing there are about 30 in congress who are under investigation over serious matters, makes me inclined to side with that sleazy massa fellow


    damn, now i need to shower
    The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is a bipartisan committee. No way would the committee stand for Democrats using this as a way to get rid of people they don't like.

    If it were a bunch of Republicans being investigated, everyone would be screaming this was intentional, as opposed to this being about the lack of ethics in Congress.

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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is a bipartisan committee. No way would the committee stand for Democrats using this as a way to get rid of people they don't like.

    If it were a bunch of Republicans being investigated, everyone would be screaming this was intentional, as opposed to this being about the lack of ethics in Congress.
    i would WANT to believe this
    but look at the rascals who are still in office and compare what they are accused to have done compared to this sleazebag's missteps
    that is what causes me to continue to believe that this is an instance of selective prosecution
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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    the selective interest of the demos - recognizing there are about 30 in congress who are under investigation over serious matters, makes me inclined to side with that sleazy massa fellow


    damn, now i need to shower
    I'd be careful in the shower if I were you.....

    Rep. Massa describes a confrontation with Emanuel in a shower: "I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me."
    RealClearPolitics - Video - Massa: Rahm Emanuel "Would Sell His Own Mother" For Votes

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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Democrats are eating their own now in order to get this healthcare bill jammed through the House.
    I am going to nip this simple-minded view of Eric Massa's resignation in the bud right now, and I'm doing it as someone who:
    1. Was, at least in theory, represented by Eric Massa
    2. Doesn't give two hoots about Eric Massa
    3. Isn't an Obama worshiper
    Let's review the facts. First, we have the three versions Massa told us this past week about why he was quitting:
    1. His cancer is back and he needs to quit to deal with it and with family stuff
    2. He is about to be the subject of an ethics probe and he doesn't want to drag his family through it
    3. He's being forced out of the House
    So to begin with, we're talking about a guy who can't keep his story straight.

    Next, consider the timing. An ethics probe would take months, weeks at the very least, and the vote on the health care bill is (last I checked) scheduled for next week. Massa could easily hang in, vote, and then quit and escape the ethics probe -- since he'd be outside its reach and completely irrelevant in any case once he resigned.

    There is something else going on here that we don't know about, and that is the real story -- not who is eating who.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    rahm was just displaying the skills he learned while a soldier of the IDF
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    Re: Eric Massa slams Democrat leaders for ethics probe

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Ooo, yuck. A sausage fight.

    Geez, is anyone in the Dem party not dysfunctional these days?

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