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."
The details of his case remain murky however his accusation is confusing. If he resigns, a new Representative won't be chosen for months. So, that would be a guaranteed no vote. Massa voted against the original House bill because it wasn't liberal enough. It's certain he wouldn't vote for the Senate bill. Still, if he were in the House, the leadership would still have a chance of flipping him. Now, that seat is a non vote or the same as a no vote. As such, his accusation makes absolutely no sense.