Rep. Massa to resign

Rick Moran
Reid Wilson of Hotline on Call breaks the news that Representative Eric Mass (D-NY) will resign Monday.

Massa has been pressured by House Dems to step aside amid an ethics controversy that caused him to announce earlier this week he would not run for a second term.Earlier this week, the House ethics committee confirmed it was looking in to allegations against Massa. Those allegations reportedly include sexual harassment of a member of the Congressman's staff.

Massa's decision to retire came as a surprise to both parties. While he said his decision was based on a recurrence of cancer, the ethics committee investigation made Dems push him out the door.

In a statement posted on his website, Massa maintained his medical issues were his reason for stepping down, but for the first time he acknowledged the ethics committee investigation.

"After I decided not to run again I was told, for the first time, that a member of my staff believed I had made statements that made him feel 'uncomfortable.' I was told that a report had been filed with the Congressional Ethics Committee. At no point prior to this had any member of the Ethics Committee communicated with me directly - if [sic] fact I first read it on the internet," Massa said in the statement.

The allegations are not new regarding Massa's sexual aggressiveness.

His announcement comes on the heels of news that Bill Delahunt (D-MA) will not seek re-election. He also is under an ethics cloud - one of several Democrats in recent weeks who have given the lie to Pelosi's claim that the Democrats would have the most "ethical Congress ever."





Reid Wilson of Hotline on Call breaks the news that Representative Eric Mass (D-NY) will resign Monday.

Massa has been pressured by House Dems to step aside amid an ethics controversy that caused him to announce earlier this week he would not run for a second term.

Earlier this week, the House ethics committee confirmed it was looking in to allegations against Massa. Those allegations reportedly include sexual harassment of a member of the Congressman's staff.

Massa's decision to retire came as a surprise to both parties. While he said his decision was based on a recurrence of cancer, the ethics committee investigation made Dems push him out the door.

In a statement posted on his website, Massa maintained his medical issues were his reason for stepping down, but for the first time he acknowledged the ethics committee investigation.

"After I decided not to run again I was told, for the first time, that a member of my staff believed I had made statements that made him feel 'uncomfortable.' I was told that a report had been filed with the Congressional Ethics Committee. At no point prior to this had any member of the Ethics Committee communicated with me directly - if [sic] fact I first read it on the internet," Massa said in the statement.

The allegations are not new regarding Massa's sexual aggressiveness.

His announcement comes on the heels of news that Bill Delahunt (D-MA) will not seek re-election. He also is under an ethics cloud - one of several Democrats in recent weeks who have given the lie to Pelosi's claim that the Democrats would have the most "ethical Congress ever."