Chain Reaction?

Dem Rep. Massa to Retire

More bad news for Nancy Pelosi: Representative Eric Massa (D-NY) will resign. Adding to New York politics woes, a male colleague has also charged Massa with sexual harassment. The news comes amid Gov. David Paterson's growing scandals, the latest of which involves breaking ethics laws for accepting free tickets to the World Series. Massa denies the allegations, saying on a conference call that he is retiring after dealing with a recurrence of cancer last year. Massa was elected for the first time in 2008 and is married with two children. "When someone makes a decision to leave Congress, everybody says everything. I have health issues. I'll talk about it [later],” he told Politico. Massa represented New York’s most Republican district. Consequently, it’s expected to be competitive in November. He is the 15th House Democrat to announce retirement plans and the 11th to leave a competitive district. Nineteen House Republicans are also stepping aside.