Massa blames resignation on health-care debate

Monday, March 8, 2010; 2:31 PM

The Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Rep. Eric Massa is blaming his resignation on a conspiracy by House Democratic leaders to force him out before a crucial vote on health care.

Massa was one of 39 Democrats who voted against an earlier House version of the health care bill in November. He says Democratic leaders will "stop at nothing" to advance the health care overhaul.

Massa was speaking Sunday night on his weekly radio show on WKPQ-FM in Hornell.

Katie Grant, a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, says Massa's accusation is completely false. Massa didn't respond to phone calls seeking comment Monday.

Facing a harassment complaint from a staffer, Massa said last week he's stepping down from his seat Monday. He earlier announced he wouldn't seek re-election because of health problems.

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