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March 9th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

The Strange Capitol Hill Resignation: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, what led Erica Massa to step down from Congress? There's talk of cancer, ticklefights and even a shower visit from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. We've got the raw politics. Plus, a baby rescued from the rubble in Haiti thought to be an orphan, but now a couple says this child belongs to them.

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  1. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, teresa, the twitching and wild variations are give-ways that 'the jig is up' for this fellow.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Marlee

    I'm a resident of Massa's constituency and I've met him two different times. My husband refused to meet him and listen to him because he felt that he is just another political blowhard. Boy, was he right!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Patty Campbell

    I live in the very rural, upstate New York region that Eric Massa represented. The few occasions I have met Mr. Massa, he has seemed very pleasant. But, I think he has just been totally out of his league.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I'm thinking that along with all the shady deals like the 'Louisiana Purchase' there are probably a lot of threats to get Democrats to support the bill.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Kim- Ohio

    I would say mental help...

    March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Kimmy

    Massa protests too much for someone who claims innocence. He should admit it already and get it over with. John Edwards tried to lie about his actions and look where it got him. The guy is pathological!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Nancy in Oregon,
    I think he should help his need. maybe I am sure.

    Claus,
    No. He isn't ill at all. I don't think so.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  8. teresa, oh

    hmmm, I "may" have cancer too... we all might.

    If I thought I might have cancer the LAST thing I would do is quit my job that has the best medical insurance in ohio...

    Also... them twitching eyelids tell tales

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Nicole from the Netherlands

    Good evening ! Anderson, ac360 staff Emily, Starr, Devin, Megan and other bloggers...

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I thought Massa's statements at first about leaving congress the other day was intereseting, but after hearing another side to this guy's 'mysteries' today, you dont know what to think

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Warren G. Richards

    Massa's body language speaks volumes about him not being credible at all. Hs continued rapid blinking and repeated guffaws during his interview with Larry King minutes ago were extremely telling. How long will Eric Massa's fifteen minutes last?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't think he knows why he quitted. Just say, "I quit!' and leave it at that. "Gee!"

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    Former Oregon Senator Bob Packwood resigned after multiple allegations of groping staffers years ago also. America must have and maintain high standards of ethical behavior in our lawmakers.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Bill Murray

    I just finished watching the Interview on the Larry King Live show and there is no question in my mind thet he is lyng. He refused to answer the "gay" question, he has used three different responses as to why he resigned and his expressions reflect discomfort with the questions.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Sam

    Massa is a sad sad man but I think its pretty obvious he resigned to stop the ethics investigation.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This Administration has a long record of throwing people under the bus.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Michael Miller

    I admit that this is a WEIRD story, and that Mr. Massa is not your typical politician, but he strikes me as a fairly decent and honest guy – not some sort of deviate. I suspect (but don't know for sure) that he has been slimed by the WH staff and by the media – perhaps he doesn't have some slick PR team to script his life for him.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Kim- Ohio

    How weird...holding another guy down and tickling him.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Paul

    Anyone who blinks that much during an explanation is lying.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Claus

    I believe Congressman Massa is telling the truth. Emanuel is the one I have trouble believing. Groping in the sexual context is an innuendo; not a dictionary definition.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Tommy Cunningham

    Unfathomable- how can we trust any of these people? Are we the cattle they treat us as?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Emily

    @Megan,
    They say that there are usually 3 sides to every story:
    the Employer. the Employee, and the TRUTH!

    this sounds like a mess!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    Oh gosh, Jo Ann, of course they do. Sometimes I wonder how the 'aisles' think they are so different from one another. They don't see the greater similarities.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. What a strange story. I don't think it's any of the 3 things. I believe he is opposed to health reforms in their current form but I don't think he's quitting because of that. It's going to be an ethics thing and we eventually will find out. And what about his staff person, his best friend, like a father, that lived with them, but he hasn't talked to him and doesn't have his phone number???? No, not believable.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  25. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Toyota story is very weird also, didn't shift to neutral, didn't turn off the ignition key until he was told, Prius has a start/stop button you simply press in for 3 seconds to kill the engine. The guy either shouldn't be driving or should be forced to submit to a polygraph exam.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Ehren

    I have met Mr. Massa. He is very down-to-earth and I doubt he did anything improper. Yes, he did change his reasons, but wouldn't you if you were facing cancer and career ruining allegations?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, Bloggers....
    Agreed. Mussa is resign of due not voting our health-care tonight... I also oppose his health-care.. Yes, Very terrible news for us.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Brian

    He got caught...plain and simple. Now he is scurrying to cover cover cover! Sad..Shameful....

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Helen, "People vote a lot of clowns in congress. That is unfortunate!"

    Yeah, Congress is a regular three-ring circus.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    I don't know what to believe about Massa"s resignation.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Nancy in Oregon

    Helen, that confirms my fears about voters.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. John - Chambersburg, PA

    The timing of the 'leaks' from the 'investigation' is too obvious. The Dem party is running Massa out on a rail, as a message to others. 'If we can do this to a navy veteran with cancer, what do you think we can do to you'.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Andrew Johnson

    I'm pretty sure he's just a scitsofrenic.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    See, both sides have their nut cases.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Helen

    @Jo Ann: People vote a lot of clowns in congress. That is unfortunate!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Claus

    I hope Mr. Massa is not terminally ill.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Nancy in Oregon

    Does Massa need professional help maybe?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Emily

    "Try and make sense of former-Congr. Massa" Anderson?
    Good Luck with that!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Kim- Ohio

    Massa...very weird

    March 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @Emily,
    Yes. It is very odd tonight, YIKES!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello David, Isabel, Nichole, Devin, Emily, Dodie, Casey, Kim, Mike, Gabriela, everyone.

    This Massa seems to be a lunatic.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    Former Congressman Massa is now trying to torpedo the Democratic led Health Care Bill, go figure, the man is a hypocrite.

    March 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Messa's story gets weirder and weirder.....

    March 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Devin

    Staff tickel fight? =p there like ... specail and these are the people in charge?

    March 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Briana, Kira, Devna, Eliza, 360Team, Megan, Starr, Gabriela, Mike, David & Isabel, Jo Ann, Gloria, Casey, Adelaide A.Smith, Jane, Dodie, Devin, Nicole & Bloggers!

    The addmission of Massa is very strange!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Kim- Ohio

    Hi everyone!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good Evening Anderson Cooper, AC360, CNN Staff and fellow bloggers!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Poppy, Megan, Jessica, Candy, David G, Ed Henry, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in to join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Tuesday night!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    March 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
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