Eric Massa to Leave Congress Sooner Than Expected -- Like, Monday: Reports
Eric Massa is leaving Congress sooner than we thought. When he announced his retirement Wednesday -- some people suspected it actually had to do with an ethics probe rumored to be about Massa's harassment of a male aide, but Massa said it was due to health reasons -- the first-term Representative gave the impression that he would hang in until the end of his term.
Massa and his staff have been tight-lipped about the whole thing, only saying that the allegations are false, and yes, the Ethics Committee did question Massa, but there hasn't been a "complaint" lodged yet.
Massa appears to have kept his plans secret all the way up to the end; on Tuesday he gave a public endorsement of fellow New York Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak for a Senate run on Tuesday, which cannot be of use to Sestak now, but maintained the illusion that Massa was still in the game for a few more days.
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This will make it harder for the Democrats to defend the seat. If Massa had stayed in, they would have had till November. Now the governor has to call a special election within 40 days of Massa's vacancy.
On the other hand, now there won't be so many "scandal-plagued Democratic Congressman stories" in the press. About Massa, we mean.
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