Resignation of Dem. Massa: Gangsta' Politics?

"The strange case of New York Democrat Eric Massa keeps getting stranger. Rep. Massa resigned last week under a cloud of ethics charges, but he now claims he was pushed out for opposing health care reform. Massa claims he's being investigated by the House Ethics Committee on trumped-up charges that he sexually harassed a male aide. If true, it shows the White House and Congress are indeed being run the 'Chicago Way' -- with bluster, threats and even physical intimidation. Wasn't this administration supposed to be different? Let's be clear: We don't know for sure the White House did anything illegal. But if any of Massa's claims is true, it speaks volumes about the thuggery of an administration desperately trying to pass its wildly unpopular health care bill. For his part, Massa says Obama aide Rahm Emanuel went ballistic when he dared to vote against ObamaCare last November. With health care hanging by a string, Emanuel and the House leadership bullied him into resigning last Wednesday, Massa now claims. 'Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill,' the one-term congressman told radio station WKPQ Sunday. 'And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill. And now they've gotten rid of me, and it will pass. You connect the dots.' ... White House and House Democratic leaders have all issued denials. So, for now, the political row has a 'he said-she said' quality. But if what Massa says is even partly true, and it certainly seems plausible, this is gangsta politics, Chicago-style -- a case of political bullies making an example of someone to get others to fall into line. Al Capone would be proud." --Investor's Business Daily More: