The freshman Democrat from New York's 29th District insists he's leaving Congress due to medical reasons, even as the House Ethics committee investigates allegations that he was sexually harassing a male staffer.
On his show on Southern Tier radio station WKPQ-FM in Hornell, Massa told his listeners that he's being pushed out over sexual harassment allegations in order to pass health care reform.
He also discusses the inappropriate comment to a male staff that got him in hot water. Massa says it happened at a wedding and admitted to being out of line. But he says Democrats are using it to get rid of him so they can move ahead with health care legislation.
Massa says he's leaving his seat with "a profound sense of failure."
No date for a special election has been set.