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NY Dem Rep. Massa, Who Voted Against Obamacare, to Retire; Cites Cancer Scare

By on 3.3.10 | 3:31PM

Rep. Eric Massa, the first term Congressman from New York, announced Wednesday afternoon that he would not seek reelection.

Earlier today, the Politico reported that he was retiring because of an ethics inquiry into whether he sexually harassed a male staffer. But this afternoon, he denied the allegations, and cited his health. "I do not have the life's energy to fight all the battles all the time," he told reporters, according to Talking Points Memo. "I will now enter the final phase of my life at a more controlled pace."

Another wrinkle in this is that Massa was one of the 39 "no" votes against Obamacare. He is a single-payer advocate and thus opposed it from the left. But the original House bill included a public option, which the revised Senate bill does not have. So it isn't clear how these latest developments would affect his final vote.

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