Massa Resigns (and actually admits guilt)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa, facing a harassment complaint by a male staffer, said Friday that he is stepping down from his seat with "a profound sense of failure."


"I am guilty," Massa said in an interview with a Corning, N.Y., newspaper columnist.


Later in the day, Massa released a statement saying that after discovering he had a recurrence of cancer, he learned he was the subject of an ethics complaint by a male staffer who felt "uncomfortable" during an exchange with Massa. The exchange reportedly had sexual overtones.
"I will resign my position," Massa said in the statement.


"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," Massa added. "In fact, there is no doubt that this ethics issue is my fault and mine alone."
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100306/D9E8RRG01.html

Wow... meanwhile I'm glad to see the Dems "cleaned up Washington."
 
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Eric Massa Resigns Over Gay Sex Scandal

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34001_Page2.html
Democratic Rep. Eric Massa will resign from Congress on Monday, only days after reports first surfaced that the freshman New York lawmaker was under investigation by the House ethics committee for allegedly sexually harassing a male staffer.

Massa’s resignation is another blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democratic leaders. Democrats won control of the House in 2006 on a vow to clean up the “culture of corruption” on Capitol Hill.

However, Rep. Charlie Rangel, the longtime Democratic lawmaker from Harlem, was forced out of his post as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee earlier this week following a public “admonishment” by the ethics committee for taking corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008.
There seems to be a trend of congressmen harassing young, male pages. I wonder if they learn from their previous mistakes or just assume that they can make sexual advances towards kids without anyone finding out. I only wish this incident is as interesting as Mark Foley's was, the Florida representative who harassed a young male page despite his outspoken stances on child pornography.

For some reason Nancy Pelosi is receiving a lot of criticism because she initially commented on the issue by saying it was only a rumor. Frankly, it was only a rumor at the point she commented on it, and it's probably not the duty of the Speaker of the House to make judgements on inconclusive ethics reviews.

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Wow... meanwhile I'm glad to see the Dems "cleaned up Washington."
I don't see how the idiotic acts of one congressman reflects on the Democrats as a whole. You can run the most ethical congress in the history of the United States, actively pursue all ethics complains and try to take impartial stances on all pending matters, but a moron with no moral compass can still use his authority to act inappropriately. There's really no safeguard against it, but I presume that the Democratic leadership won't hamper the efforts of the ethics panel to investigate.
 
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I don't see how the idiotic acts of one congressman reflects on the Democrats as a whole. You can run the most ethical congress in the history of the United States, actively pursue all ethics complains and try to take impartial stances on all pending matters, but a moron with no moral compass can still use his authority to act inappropriately. There's really no safeguard against it, but I presume that the Democratic leadership won't hamper the efforts of the ethics panel to investigate.
Chase, it's not just one incident though. You have this, Pelosi and her CIA thing, Charlie Rangle and his condo in the Bahamas, and other things. It's a trend. It seems that "Congress" and "ethical" are oxymorons, but when you make it a point to say how ethical it will be, as Nancy Pelosi did, and it doesn't come to fruition, how can people not be upset?
 
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Chase, it's not just one incident though. You have this, Pelosi and her CIA thing, Charlie Rangle and his condo in the Bahamas, and other things. It's a trend. It seems that "Congress" and "ethical" are oxymorons, but when you make it a point to say how ethical it will be, as Nancy Pelosi did, and it doesn't come to fruition, how can people not be upset?
Exactly.

Basic principle of "power corrupts" applies here. Both sides claim they'll "clean up Washington" and I actually believe that in most cases they genuinely want to, but you just can't mix that level of power with a high ethical bar without failing most of the time.

-JC
 
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Damn! And I was really interested to see how he was going to do going up against Alonso.:mad: