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Hoyer (Pelosi) Knew Of Massa Charges

From the Politico:

Hoyer knew of Massa allegations

By: John Bresnahan and Josh Kraushaar
March 3, 2010

First-term Rep. Eric Massa announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection, saying his doctors have told him that he can’t continue to “run at 100 miles an hour.”

But several House aides told POLITICO that the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that the New York Democrat, who is married with two children, made unwanted advances toward a junior male staffer.

A more senior staffer — Ronald Hikel, Massa’s former deputy chief of staff and legislative director — took the complaints to the ethics committee and was interviewed about them twice.

Hikel declined to comment about the situation, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) confirmed that the Democratic leadership had been informed of the allegations before the news broke

Hoyer’s office released the following statement Wednesday night:

“The week of February 8th, a member of Rep. Massa’s staff brought to the attention of Mr. Hoyer’s staff allegations of misconduct that had been made against Mr. Massa. Mr. Hoyer’s staff immediately informed him of what they had been told. Mr. Hoyer instructed his staff that if Mr. Massa or his staff did not bring the matter to the attention of the bipartisan Ethics Committee within 48 hours, Mr. Hoyer would do so. Within 48 hours, Mr. Hoyer received confirmation from both the Ethics Committee staff and Mr. Massa’s staff that the Ethics Committee had been contacted and would review the allegations. Mr. Hoyer does not know whether the allegations are true or false, but wanted to ensure that the bipartisan committee charged with overseeing conduct of Members was immediately involved to determine the facts.”

Massa told POLITICO early Wednesday afternoon that no one has brought allegations of misconduct to him.

Asked specifically about the sexual harassment allegations, he said: “When someone makes a decision to leave Congress, everybody says everything. I have health issues. I’ll talk about it [later].”

Massa has suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, he said he was hospitalized in December and that his doctors made it clear to him that he needed to slow down. He denied that he was retiring because of a sexual harassment claim.

“Do I or have I ever used salty language when I’m angry, especially in the privacy of my inner office or even at home? Yes, I have, and I have apologized to those where it’s appropriate,” Massa said. “But those kinds of articles, unsubstantiated, without fact or backing, are a symptom of what’s wrong with this city.”

“I don’t think it helps anybody in the institution, any one of us on either side of the aisle. It certainly didn’t help Mr. Foley,” Hoyer said, referring to former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who resigned from Congress in 2006 amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit instant messages to an underage male page.

“When there were allegations about Mr. Foley or others, I think the institution suffers,” Hoyer continued. “And that’s why it’s so important that each of us conducts ourselves in a way that won’t bring discredit on the institution.”

Massa’s decision came as a complete surprise to several of his freshman Democratic colleagues in the New York delegation. According to the New York Daily News, which first reported that Massa was retiring, the congressman called party leaders and supporters in his district Wednesday to tell them of his plans.

Massa has played a gadfly-like role in the House, calling for a single-payer health care system at a conference of liberal activists last year, despite representing a Republican-leaning district. He was one of 39 House Democrats to vote against health care legislation; he said it didn’t do enough to control costs

Could this be more of the Democrats culling the herd?

Yes, Mr. Massa is for a single payer healthcare plan. But he did vote against the House bill because it was too costly.

Would it be too cynical to wonder if this may be the party leadership’s subtle way of warming their ‘Blue Dog’ members to vote the party line — or else?

In any case, like they used to say about the Stalin purges, ‘there will be fewer but better Democrats,’ come November.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Hoyer (Pelosi) Knew Of Massa Charges”

  1. JohnMG says:

    I especially liked the way Hoyer worked the Foley reference into the whole conversation.

    I think you’re right, Steve. This guy is probably wavering on the whole health-care thing, and the “fix” is in. Plus, as you mention, this is a shot across the bow to anyone else who may be vacilating over the upcoming ‘reconciliation’ debacle.

    Oh how the “big tent” party demonstrates their magnanimity; “There’s room for ‘everybody’ in our party. “Now, GET OVER THERE IN THE CORNER, SIT DOWN, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, AND DO AS YOU’RE TOLD!! GOT THAT?!!”

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    If the media were as ultra-right as so many on the left accuse, they would be replaying Dem commentary on Foley and Craig 24-7 right now and asking why this guy is not out on his rear.

    Of course, if the media was right wing, it would not behave as badly as the left wing press does.

  3. Petronius says:

    “Could this be more of the Democrats culling the herd?”

    I thought that was the point of Obamacare? To cull the herd of senior citizens.

    And thereby reduce our numbers down to levels that the Medicare program can more conveniently support.

    Starting with the Republican seniors, of course. Same as they did with Chrysler dealerships.

  4. Liberals Demise says:


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