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August 03, 2011

Massa Claims Plot Forced Him from Office

Former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) "is trying to piece together the events surrounding his hasty departure from office more than a year ago, and is making a case to the House Ethics Committee that he is the victim of a devious plot to force his ouster," the Elmira Star Gazette reports.

Massa resigned on March 8, 2010 "and offered several reasons for his action at the time, including an ethics inquiry, his failing health and a conspiracy by Democrats related to his opposition to their health care plan. His resignation came under a cloud of suspicion from a House ethics investigation that followed him onto cable news programs, where he recounted a tickling incident with a staff member."

Now, using House staff e-mail messages, Massa "constructs a chain of events that led to his resignation and lays his demise at the feet of his former chief of staff, Joseph Racalto, in documents submitted in March of this year to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in an effort to clear his name."


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