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article imageNY Rep Massa: 'I Forced Myself Out'

By Michael Bearak     Mar 9, 2010 in Politics
Representative Eric Massa, met with the press after announcing his resignation from the House Tuesday and stated that it was his decision to leave.
New York Rep. Eric Massa denied that he "sexually groped" anyone, nevertheless he took responsibility for his actions that led to his deciding to leave Congress. All of this in the wake of an House ethics investigation into sexual harassment charges.
Tuesday Eric Massa sat down and talked with Fox News' Glenn Beck. Originally reported by Digital Journal Massa is under investigation for sexual harassment, and announced last week that he was going to resign.
Over the weekend there were claims made that Democratic leaders forced Massa out, but that was denied on his appearance on the Glenn Beck's show.
While Rep. Massa admitted to an incident that included "groping" of a male staff member. Still Massa strongly denied that it was not of a sexual nature.
While previous claims were that he just used inappropriate language, now Massa revealed that there was more saying, "Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday. It was 'kill the old guy.' You can take anything out of context."
Massa joined 39 other Democrats in voting against the health care vote last November, over the weekend he insinuated that leaders of the Democratic party had forced him out. On Tuesday the White House denied that claim.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
White House
White House spokesman Robert Gibb stated, "I don't why I'd give any weight to what he said on the fourth day, or the previous three. The notion the White House had anything to do with the series of events...as I said this morning was silly and ridiculous."
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