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Eric Massa (D-NY) to Resign
The Daily Caller ^ | 3/4/2010 | Mike Riggs

Posted on 03/05/2010 12:38:10 PM PST by Former Military Chick

New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa will resign from the House on Monday, according Massa chief of staff Joe Racalto. While it’s the latest in a string of bad PR the Democrats have taken this week, Massa’s exit will actually help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her quest to pass health care.

Massa announced earlier in the week that he would retire due to health issues. Shortly after his announcement, allegations of sexual harassment surfaced in the press.

Few congressional elections draw the kind of national attention that Erica Massa’s did in 2006. Even fewer draw an equal amount of attention when a candidate runs again after a failed first attempt, as Massa did in 2008. Now the 51-year-old representative from New York’s 29th District is the center of attention again, this time for announcing his retirement just as allegations surfaced that Massa sexually harassed a male staffer.

Four years ago, Massa was a cherished underdog. In a 2006 article titled, “They served, and now they’re running,” the New York Times profiled a handful of anti-war Democratic veterans who were running for Congress. While the Times played up his military credentials — 24 years in the Navy, including stints working under Gen. Wesley Clark — Massa argued that there had been a “fundamental change in the paradigm of politics” since the start of the Iraq War. Veterans like him could publicly oppose the reasons for going to war and still succeed politically, whereas John Kerry’s opposition to the Vietnam war sunk his presidential campaign decades later.

Even though opposition to the Iraq War was Massa’s top issue in 2006, progressives saw him as overly conservative, citing his opposition to new gun control laws and the fact that he was formerly a Republican. Anti-war sentiments were strong enough on the left, however, that Massa raised more than $377,000 online from far-left donors despite their reservations.

Massa’s conservative cred served him well, too, and the race looked close — closer still when Republican candidate Randy Kuhl’s ex-wife alleged that Kuhl had pulled a shotgun on her not once, but twice.

The 29th was still too conservative for Massa, who lost to a pro-war Kuhl with only 49 percent of the vote.

Following his loss, Massa told Esquire that he was cleaning out his garage when he his family told him that he had to run again. Massa was broke and exhausted, but his memory of the founders, he said, buoyed his spirits.

“Look, half the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were either in debt or bankrupt,” he told Esquire. “The remaining half, most of them lost all their possessions. The only reason Monticello didn’t get burned to the ground was that the British patrol missed the road. In South Carolina, among the Revolutionary leaders, all of them were either hung, had their houses burned, or their family slaughtered. You scratch your head and say, ‘They were fighting for the same things I’m fighting for, and all I’ve got to give is credit-card debt?’”

In an effort to round out his platform in a congressional district that would ultimately go to McCain, Massa added health care to his list of concerns. His own bout with cancer in the late 1990s became one of his stump subjects.

“At my last physical,” Massa told Esquire, “the doctor said, ‘Doing this again could kill you.’ And I said — and this is true, hand to God — ‘My not running for Congress could result in hundreds of soldiers getting killed. So you tell me where the risk balance is.’ This country is in danger of losing the United States of America in one generation. So it’s not, Will you run again? it’s, How could I not?”

Such rhetoric served Massa well, and his star continued to rise until March of 2008, when it seemed his campaign would be derailed by Eliot Spitzer’s scandalous resignation as governor of New York. According to the Washington Post, Massa had accepted campaign funds from Spitzer, and “returned the cash but only after the NRCC circulated three freeze-frame photos of Massa and Spitzer together, taken from one of Massa’s own campaign ads, which featured the words ‘trust,’ ‘integrity’ and ‘respect.’”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/04/a-brief-history-of-eric-massas-short-congressional-career/#ixzz0hKvi8Cky


TOPICS: Breaking News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; blackmail; house; lavendermafia; massa; newyork; ny2010; pelosi; saulalinsky; sexualharrassment; smashthecpc; stalinisttactics; workplace
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One last dem for the speaker on HC
1 posted on 03/05/2010 12:38:10 PM PST by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

The rest of the story ...

Despite the Spitzer taint, Massa won the 29th from Kuhl by the same margin he’d lost it two years earlier, with 51 percent of the vote. Massa attributed Kuhl’s loss to his support for President Bush, and referenced a picture “of Randy [Kuhl] and the president in the back of the limousine” that “tells the story of how disconnected [Kuhl] had become from voters.”

Once seated, Massa quickly proved he was further to the left than anyone anticipated, particularly with regard to public health. When swine flu began to sweep across the U.S. in April 2009, Massa called for draconian measures to contain the disease. “The public needs to be aware of the serious threat of swine flu, and we need to close our borders to Mexico immediately and completely until this is resolved,” Massa told the Washington Times.

The following November, Newsday reported that Massa was one of several New York representatives to sign a letter asking federal officials to “investigate how Wall Street firms ended up with scarce vaccine for the potentially deadly H1N1 flu.”

The letter drew attention specifically to vaccinations administered to employees of Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, and was sent even after Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control testified during a Senate hearing that “New York hospitals, doctors, schools and health departments” had received their shipments of the vaccine first.

Also in April of 2009, Massa renewed his commitment to passing health-care reform and the public option, telling an audience at the Netroots Nation Convention, “I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district,” adding “I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them.” New York GOP operatives created video based on Massa’s remarks, which were caught on camera, and distributed the video — titled “Democrats Think You’re Stupid” — to New York news agencies.

Since then, Massa has stayed true to his word, joining a very short list of representatives who voted against the November House health-care bill, arguing that it would “enshrine in law the monopolistic powers of the private health insurance industry.”

Several times during the last year and a half Massa broke ranks with fellow Democrats. He voted against rebuking Republican Rep. Joe Wilson after Wilson interrupted a speech by President Obama. Massa also refused to chastise Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel in late 2009 when House Democrats first began distancing themselves from the ethically challenged New Yorker.

The only reason Massa has given for his resignation is a resurgence of cancer, which he first contracted while still in the Navy in 1998. According to the New York Times, “Mr. Massa apparently did not inform party leaders of his plans, and left them racing to find a candidate to replace him.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/04/a-brief-history-of-eric-massas-short-congressional-career/2/#ixzz0hKwJW1L9


2 posted on 03/05/2010 12:39:34 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Please pray for our troops as they selflessly serve in harm's way say an extra one for my beloved!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Buh-bye.


3 posted on 03/05/2010 12:42:32 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Former Military Chick
He voted against rebuking Republican Rep. Joe Wilson after Wilson interrupted a speech by President Obama. Massa also refused to chastise Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel in late 2009 when House Democrats first began distancing themselves from the ethically challenged New Yorker.

Guess he was livin' in a glass house, huh?
4 posted on 03/05/2010 12:44:48 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Apparatchik
Yep, but now they can find a democrat that will support their HC bill of course it is bad PR for NY that seems to appoint all their politicians. The number's are just astounding.
5 posted on 03/05/2010 12:45:22 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Please pray for our troops as they selflessly serve in harm's way say an extra one for my beloved!)
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To: Former Military Chick

One less vote for 0bamacare. If he does quit, then thank God indeed.


6 posted on 03/05/2010 12:46:15 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Former Military Chick
While it’s the latest in a string of bad PR the Democrats have taken this week, Massa’s exit will actually help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her quest to pass health care.

What a coinky-dink!

News of his "sexual harassment" charges found their way into the press a day after he announced that he wouldn't vote for the Senate version of the healthcare bill.

The fact that he wouldn't vote for it because it wasn't leftwing enough is irrelevant. He wasn't obeying orders.

7 posted on 03/05/2010 12:46:19 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Apparatchik

8 posted on 03/05/2010 12:46:29 PM PST by softwarecreator (Liberalism is a mental disease and the global alarmists prove it.)
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To: Former Military Chick

....and another one bites the dust!


9 posted on 03/05/2010 12:46:53 PM PST by LUV W (DIMs?......start packin'--you're fired!)
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To: pnh102
One less vote for 0bamacare.

He voted NO, the last go-around. The scandal leak was deliberate.

10 posted on 03/05/2010 12:48:33 PM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: Former Military Chick

According to the MSM, EVERYTHING helps pass healthcare. Rangle included.


11 posted on 03/05/2010 12:48:38 PM PST by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: Former Military Chick

when the cockroaches start jumping overboard you know the boat is sinking fast.


12 posted on 03/05/2010 12:49:39 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Apparatchik

At least he didn’t throw any stones...


13 posted on 03/05/2010 12:50:50 PM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: fullchroma
The scandal leak was deliberate.

This seems plausible. Any chance the 'Rats have more dirt on him and this leak was a warning shot?

Someone needs to stiffen Massa's spine on this and encourage him to switch back to the GOP. If he's being blackmailed by Obama or Pelosi, this needs airing. Remember how Sestak slipped and admitted Obama's people (Rahm?) tried to bribe him to drop his Senate aspirations to become Secretary of the Navy?
14 posted on 03/05/2010 12:55:29 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Former Military Chick

A successor is appointed by Paterson or special election???


15 posted on 03/05/2010 12:56:41 PM PST by Dan Nunn (Some of us are wise, some of us are otherwise. -The Great One)
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To: Former Military Chick

“NY - THE SELECTED, NOT ELECTED STATE!”


16 posted on 03/05/2010 12:57:14 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Apparatchik

I’m pretty sure he voted No — I should check. It could be that he wanted the public option on the first vote and planned to vote Yes this time anyway.


17 posted on 03/05/2010 12:57:35 PM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: fullchroma
He voted NO, the last go-around.

Shrug. I just presume them all guilty. :)

18 posted on 03/05/2010 12:57:45 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Former Military Chick

These politicians really are stupid aren’t they?
In this day and age of every cell phone having a camera, you tube and blogs they think they can keep secrets?????


19 posted on 03/05/2010 12:58:27 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: GOP Poet
when the cockroaches start jumping overboard you know the boat is sinking fast.

Excatly right. The MSM can spin this a positive for Pelosi all they want, but this just adds to the sense that the Democrats are sinking, and fast - that perception amongst the members of her own caucus will doom Obamacare.

Here's how I see it - if you're a Dem who walked the plank for Nancy in the first vote, and you know your constituents are mad about it, and you expect to be in the minority in the fall if you survive, anyway - well then, why not improve your chances of reelection and vote no?

20 posted on 03/05/2010 12:59:49 PM PST by TonyInOhio ( Let our hearts be stout)
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To: Dan Nunn

That is a good question, he appointed Clinton’s replacement but there was an election for NY 21 perhaps someone on this thread will know that answer.


21 posted on 03/05/2010 1:01:53 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Please pray for our troops as they selflessly serve in harm's way say an extra one for my beloved!)
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To: Apparatchik

Yup. On Feb. 19, he was planning to vote No.

http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/02/19/massa-health-cares-dead-time-to-play-small-ball/

Chicago politicin’ at its finest.


22 posted on 03/05/2010 1:02:27 PM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: Former Military Chick
Next year, he can be a Military Gay Pride Counselor, and turn those homophobic bigot soldiers and sailors tolerant with his “special touch.”
23 posted on 03/05/2010 1:06:38 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: fullchroma

“He coted NO, the last go around. The scandal leak was deliberate.”

How right you are. And he’s not going to complete his term, leaving Monday, so he won’t get the chance to vote NO again. He’ll be replaced by any Dem. they can get who will vote YES. This administration totally disgusts me.


24 posted on 03/05/2010 1:07:02 PM PST by kiltie65
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To: softwarecreator
Oh man, that was perfect!

Queen - Another One Bites The Dust

You could never tell that Freddie Mercury was gay either! LOL!
25 posted on 03/05/2010 1:08:56 PM PST by TSgt (RE-ELECT NOBODY - VOTE THEM ALL OUT!)
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To: TonyInOhio

“when the cockroaches start jumping overboard you know the boat is sinking fast.”

All those recent resignations, too, make me think maybe they attempted blackmailing these people into acquiesance and instead they chose to resign...maybe so they wouldn’t have to vote yes with a gun to their head (although it is leaving the field clear on the Dem. side to replace them with someone who will vote yes).


26 posted on 03/05/2010 1:10:25 PM PST by kiltie65
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To: kiltie65

“...make me think maybe they attempted blackmailing”

BINGO!!!


27 posted on 03/05/2010 1:12:34 PM PST by mo
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To: Former Military Chick

Replacements for Representatives must be elected. The Governor can only appoint Senators.


28 posted on 03/05/2010 1:15:13 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot ( Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: Former Military Chick
Not from what I'm reading on the ground up here in NY. Gov can call for a special election, but not obligated. Even if one is held, that person would have to run again in November. Massa was/is in a clearly red(GOP) district.

And Patterson knowing the heat on him is coming from DC, why should he do The Usurper any favors?

My call: The Speaker just lost a vote.

29 posted on 03/05/2010 1:15:41 PM PST by jimjohn2458 (jimjohn - conservative, and more black than the Obamination)
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My call: The Speaker just lost a vote.

No, we did. Massa planned to vote NO.

30 posted on 03/05/2010 1:19:21 PM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: fullchroma
My call: The Speaker just lost a vote.

No, we did. Massa planned to vote NO.

At least he is no longer subject to arm twisting.

31 posted on 03/05/2010 1:22:54 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot ( Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: fullchroma

If it’s a special election, there’s no way a Democrat can be elected to that seat in this climate. It is predominately Republican.

The “NO” vote doesn’t matter, because you have to pass bills with YESses. This is great news (provided people on this thread are right, that a special election is in order).


32 posted on 03/05/2010 1:24:05 PM PST by Dan Nunn (Some of us are wise, some of us are otherwise. -The Great One)
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To: Former Military Chick

But but but isn’t Pelois running the most ethical..............Oh never mind, we no she isn’t


33 posted on 03/05/2010 1:26:49 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Dan Nunn

She will need one less vote for a majority.


34 posted on 03/05/2010 1:27:37 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot ( Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: Dan Nunn
At least he is no longer subject to arm twisting.

Yup, now there's no chance of him voting YES.

35 posted on 03/05/2010 1:29:16 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: Palmetto Patriot
She will need one less vote for a majority.

Unless it's an odd number of members, correct? I don't know how many members are presently still in office. Is it just Murtha's and Massa's seat currently vacated?

36 posted on 03/05/2010 1:29:37 PM PST by Dan Nunn (Some of us are wise, some of us are otherwise. -The Great One)
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To: kiltie65

If he is leaving Monday, you KNOW that there is more than harassment allegations, I’ll bet they have video or audio of this guy doing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Dance. But the MSM won’t show this unless he converts back to the Republican Party.


37 posted on 03/05/2010 1:29:54 PM PST by Sir Clancelot
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To: fullchroma

but she cant replace him. not in enough time, anyway.
Isn’t it a DAMN SHAME that we have to endure this?
I had a bad dream the other night - that a few congressmen who pledged to vote no ended up found dead (and a press secretary chuckling about it).


38 posted on 03/05/2010 1:30:10 PM PST by jimjohn2458 (jimjohn - conservative, and more black than the Obamination)
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To: jimjohn2458

Indeed, the Speaker lost a vote.

Further intrigue, if a real conservative Republican wins this district in November, the redistricting fight in NY State gets thrown a new dimension, and the possible/probable elimination of the NY-23 ( of the Hoffman
Owens
Scozzafava special election ) is in doubt. That leaves Peter King up a creek with no district.

We could end up with Peter King challenging Lazio in the Republican Senate primary. http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0109/Gillibrand_pick_helps_King_in_redistricting.html

We could end up with Hoffman in the House representing a reformulated NY-29 in 2012.

The biggest threat... We could end up with a 27-1 Dem-Rep split through hyper-gerrymandering for the NY 2012 delegation if the NY State Dem strategists use the redistricting plans entered into the contest here:
http://www.swingstateproject.com/tag/New%20York


39 posted on 03/05/2010 1:31:34 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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No, one more vote. Now they will replace him with someone who will vote yes, he voted no didn’t he?


40 posted on 03/05/2010 1:34:01 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: fullchroma

BINGO! They don’t care what they have to do to anyone, they cannot complete the coup without seizing control of health care. It is a MUST do.


41 posted on 03/05/2010 1:34:55 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Former Military Chick
Massa under happier circumstances:


42 posted on 03/05/2010 1:35:36 PM PST by 50mm (Die Obamacare Die!!!!)
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To: Dan Nunn

She will need 216 votes instead of 217. Georgia Rep Nathan Deal was going to resign to run for Governor, but is delaying so that he can vote No. That made it 217 to pass. Massa’s resignation brings the number back to 216.


43 posted on 03/05/2010 1:36:04 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot ( Nov. 2, 2010, Circle the Date)
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To: Former Military Chick

Wouldn’t it be perfect if Pelosi is a vote short...


44 posted on 03/05/2010 1:36:04 PM PST by StAnDeliver (\)
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To: mojitojoe

I am near-certain that a special election is required. This district is the most conservative in NY State (think rural farmlands).


45 posted on 03/05/2010 1:36:33 PM PST by Dan Nunn (Some of us are wise, some of us are otherwise. -The Great One)
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To: Dan Nunn

FOX NEWS says there will be a special election.


46 posted on 03/05/2010 1:36:39 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Please pray for our troops as they selflessly serve in harm's way say an extra one for my beloved!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Yes Massa and No Massa!


47 posted on 03/05/2010 1:36:55 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Dan Nunn

NY-29

48 posted on 03/05/2010 1:37:15 PM PST by Dan Nunn (Some of us are wise, some of us are otherwise. -The Great One)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; Clemenza; AuH2ORepublican; chicagolady; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; ...

Massa not waiting for next January. Special election forthcoming (and will the GOP screw up a THIRD time in NY for a winnable race) ?


49 posted on 03/05/2010 1:38:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Former Military Chick

House members can’t be appointed. The seat remains empty (I believe).


50 posted on 03/05/2010 1:38:51 PM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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