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March 9th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Massa claims Dems forced him out

By Kristi Keck, CNN

(CNN) – House Democratic leaders on Monday refuted embattled Rep. Eric Massa's allegation that they want to get rid of him because of his opposition to health care legislation.

"That's completely false. There is zero merit to that accusation," said Katie Grant, spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland.

An aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, also denied Massa's claim.

Massa, D-New York, announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election because of health concerns and denied reports that he had harassed one of his Capitol Hill staff members. Two days later, he said he would resign effective Monday.

The first-term congressman said he learned of an ethics investigation into his conduct after deciding to retire.

Massa, who voted against the House's health care reform bill in November, said Sunday he was targeted because he was standing in the way of passing health care legislation. FULL STORY

Program note: Rep. Eric Massa speaks out on "Larry King Live," Tuesday 9 p.m. ET.

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  1. George M.

    Enough of Massa, the more publicity, the more encouragement to the Republicans in office. He's done, quiting his job, ready for unemployment insurance. Forget him and move on with real current news.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  2. mkgd

    Pelosi and Reid wouldn't throw out anyone who claims they are a Dem. That's the problem with them: they don't care about party objectives as long as they can go on living the life of Speaker of the house and Majority Leader. For that, they need numbers so they will support any Democrate even if that person sabotaged every Democrat bill for the last 10 years.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm |