Is There Anyone Left to Run in November?
Seriously, is anyone going to stick around come election season? The mass exodus from Congress is, well, predictable but only slightly disconcerting.
Freshman Democratic Rep. Eric Massa of New York said Wednesday he wouldn't seek a second term in office, citing health reasons, and leaving his seat open in a Republican-leaning district.
The announcement comes as House ethics investigators look into an allegation that Mr. Massa sexually harassed an aide, according to senior House Democratic aides and a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland.
In a news conference Wednesday to announce his retirement, Mr. Massa said, "There are blogs who are saying I am leaving because there were charges of harassment against my staff. Do I or have I ever used salty language when I am 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."
The details of the allegation weren't clear Wednesday.
Um, but aren't "unwanted sexual advances" towards male staffers and salty language two completely different things? I suppose there are ways to combine the two but...
Check out Politico for more juicy speculation. This blog will not go so far as to say he harassed anyone and God forbid its author persecute anyone for salty language, just passing it along.