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Eric Massa exits House, but not quietly

Eric Massa of New York, facing a House sexual harassment probe, resigns his seat – but he has slammed fellow Democrats, claiming they want him out because he opposed their healthcare reform bill. He'll speak out again Tuesday on TV talk shows, perhaps with more choice words.

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Eric Massa is seen in this 2005 file photo. The Democratic House Representative resigns his seat while under investigation for sexual harassment over comments he made to a male staffer.

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For all intents and purposes, Eric Massa is no longer a member of the US House.

The embattled freshman Democrat from New York had said he would resign effective 5 p.m. Monday EST, and after some formalities in the House on Tuesday, he will be truly out.

But the story will not end there. On Tuesday afternoon, he will appear for the full hour on Glenn Beck’s show on Fox, followed by an appearance on CNN’s "Larry King Live." After some of the choice comments Mr. Massa made over the weekend, it could make for spicy viewing.

IN PICTURES: Retiring House Democrats

First Massa announced he was retiring for health reasons. Then he announced he would resign to avoid a House sexual harassment investigation over comments he made to a male staffer. Now Massa is claiming that Democratic leaders wanted him out because he voted against the party’s health reform legislation last November.

“If you think that somehow they didn’t come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote in the healthcare bill, then ladies and gentlemen, you live today in a world that is so innocent as to not understand what is going on in Washington, D.C.,” he said Sunday on his weekly radio show on WKPQ-FM in Hornell, N.Y.

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