Rep. Eric Massa said earlier this week that he wouldn’t seek re-election, citing a health issue. The picture had changed by Friday, when Politico claimed that the Democratic congressman from New York was preparing to leave office even sooner amid allegations that he had sexually harassed a male staff member. Update: Massa says he will step down next week. Click here for his announcement. —KA
A House staffer with knowledge of the situation says Massa is preparing to announce his resignation and will break the news in the Corning Leader, his local newspaper, but several media outlets were already reporting the news Friday afternoon.
Massa, who was elected in November 2008, announced earlier in the week that he would not be seeking a second term following a cancer scare in December. He initially dismissed as “unsubstantiated” a POLITICO report that he was being scrutinized for improper advances to a junior aide in his office.