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Eric Massa Will Step Down Monday

NY congressman: 'I'm guilty' of sexual harassment
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2010 3:59 PM CST

(Newser) – Rep. Eric Massa, who had already said he wouldn't run for re-election, will leave office on Monday. The first-term New York Democrat said a recurrence of cancer played a role in his decision, but also admitted a sexual harassment complaint a male staff member filed with the Ethics Committee had merit—because of his "improper language," he told the hometown Corning Leader. "I can't blame anyone but myself."

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"I can't subject my family and staff to a full investigation," Massa continued. "It would tear us apart. It's not that I can fight or beat these allegations, I'm guilty." Massa said Wednesday he would not seek a second term. Whether his conduct went beyond "improper language" is not clear. Politico reported he had made unwanted advances to a junior aide in his office, which the Ethics Committee has neither confirmed nor denied.
(Read more Eric Massa stories.)

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