Quote of the Week, and Questions of the Week
Mar 05, 2010 USA TODAY - N.Y. Rep. Massa to step down next week
Rep. Eric Massa, a first-term Democrat from New York, will resign from Congress effective next week according to a statement on the lawmaker's website. The decision comes a day after the House ethics committee said it is investigating allegations made against Massa.
Regarding the allegations, Massa said, "There is no doubt in my mind that I did in fact, use language in the privacy of my own home and in my inner office that, after 24 years in the Navy, might make a Chief Petty Officer feel uncomfortable- N.Y. Rep. Eric Massa (D) NY
Massa graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1981 and went on to serve in the Navy for 24 years. He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer on the USS New Jersey (BB-62). source This indicates to M.E. that Rep. Massa is probably an honorable man being framed by those in his own party for purely political purposes (see HINTS below). M.E. wishes Rep. Massa and his family a swift recovery.
Massa lives in Corning, New York with his wife Beverly, daughter Alexandra and son Justin. His eldest son Richard lives in California.
QUESTIONS (bold emphasis added)
In another statement Massa said he will resign with a "profound sense of failure and a deep apology to all those whom, for the past year, I tried to represent as our nation struggles with problems far greater than anyone can possibly imagine."
1. What problems far greater than we can possibly imagine does Congressman Massa have in mind?
2. Why would Massa drag the USNA into his scandal (or at least his Navy career and CPOs?)
- Massa described his behavior and his language as "salty," he claimed that he had apologized to the parties in question, did not know of the specific allegations, and that such allegations were not the reason (recurrence of cancer) behind his retirement.
- House Majority Leader Hoyer confirmed that the House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Massa, the result of a complaint that a senior member of Massa's staff had filed with the committee on February 8. The investigation is said to involve alleged sexual advances and harassment toward a younger male member of Massa's staff.
- Massa generally supports a health care reform plan, he opposes, and voted against, the current plans put forth by the Obama administration, due to the cost, and prefers a single-payer health care system instead..
Informed answers are welcomed, M.E. suspects a political setup, but certainly has proof no proof.