Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) told a New York radio station that the ethics investigation against him — Massa is alleged to have sexually harassed a male staffer — is based on the party leadership’s desire to get him out of Congress before the health care vote. He says he could “fix” it by rescinding his resignation:
Responding to a caller to his weekly radio show on WKPQ Power 105 FM, a recording of which was made available via the Web site of local station 13 WHAM-TV, Massa said: “I’m not going to be a Congressman as of 5 o’clock [Monday] afternoon. The only way to stop that is for me to rescind my resignation. That’s the only way to stop it. And the only way that’s going to happen is if this becomes a national story.”
On the other hand, Massa doesn’t seem very eager to remain under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee.
UPDATE: That didn’t last long.