Talk:Eric Massa

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opposition links[edit]

I have re-inserted the link to Kuhl for Congress. I think it is valuable for pages on candidates for political office to have links to their opponents pages because they provide an opposing view to the information on the candidate's own page. Additionally, the opponent is mentioned within the text of the article and the his page provides information on an important person mentioned with the article. I watch Randy Kuhl's page as well as Massa's and ensure reciprocity in the matter. I will continue to maintain the reciprocal links until someone convinces me of the folly of my ways (which is pretty easy to do) or unless there is a wikipedia policy discouraging this. [[Cjs56 17:48, 18 May 2006 (UTC)]]

Surname[edit]

What is the ethnic origin of Massa's surname? 131.123.231.143 21:30, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

My belief was that it was Italian. Evidence: [1] enter "Massa" in the blank labled "Cognome" which is Italian for surname. There is a limoncello called "Villa Massa" which comes from Sorrento, near Naples. --Cjs56 16:28, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

August, 2009 Comments[edit]

While Massa did say he would vote against the "interests" of his district, he quickly corrected himself to say "opinions." As the rest of his statements support the fact that he meant, "opinions" rather than "interests" I think it is disingenuous to include the original and unamended statement in the text as it was likely an accident. --Cjs56 (talk) 19:46, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

I see what you are saying, however I disagree that including his original statement is disingenuous. For starters, how else are his constituents to express their views and interests if not through their opinions? Also, regardless of which word he used, at the end of the day it boils down to this: An elected representative stating, quite clearly and on multiple occasions, that he will vote against the wishes of (as he admits) a majority of his constituents. After all, he is an elected representative, a paid employee of his constituents. It is the duty of a representative to vote in accordance with the wishes of a majority of his (or her) constituents, not to go to Washington and decide for himself what is in the best interests of the people. The latter course leads inevitably to tyranny. So again, while the wording may be slightly different, the intent is not, which is why I do not find it in the least but disingenuous. SpudHawg948 (talk) 21:04, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

Edit warring over Massa's reason for leaving Congress[edit]

I noticed a large number of back and forth edits regarding Massa's reason for leaving Congress. Thus, I have requested temporary semi-protection for the article. Safiel (talk) 02:32, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

So far it looks like just Politico is reporting on the allegations - other sources seem to be citing the Politico story. While it looks like Rep. Hoyer has gone on record with the allegations, I think we need to see a couple more major sources carrying independent confirmation on this story before it rises to the level of BLP. Actually, the WSJ is reporting on what Hoyer said about Massa: [2]. Feedback? Ronnotel (talk) 13:35, 4 March 2010 (UTC)
Looks like somebody has gotten properly sourced information in the article now in regards to the allegations. Safiel (talk) 00:37, 5 March 2010 (UTC)


Clarification of the statement on "cancer scare"[edit]

On Congressman Massa's own website, the statement was:

"This last December I underwent my third major cancer recurrence scare."

This does not say that he had cancer, or was given markers of cancer. Only that he had another cancer scare. How can this be "cancer"? He has yet, in any statement, to clarify that he has cancer.

* Ref: http://rochesterturning.com/2010/03/03/massa-press-conference-live/ statement from Massa's Press Office on Rochester Turning
* Ref: http://massa.house.gov/ statement on Massa' website for looking at CAT scans which "may or may not be scar tissue".  —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.181.40.180 (talk) 03:07, 8 March 2010 (UTC) 

Eric Massa, D-Corning, plans to resign effective March 8, 2010[edit]

Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, plans to resign his congressional seat effective Monday, March 8, 2010 according to the congressman's chief of staff, Joe Racalto.[1] —Preceding unsigned comment added by Oj66 (talkcontribs) 21:01, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

I've added this to the article, now that Massa has confirmed this through a statement on his website. If someone could find a permanent link, the only one I've found has been the frontpage of his House website. —Preceding unsigned comment added by P fellenz (talkcontribs) 23:54, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

Something is weird about this Wikipedia biography and the reporting on it. News reports claim he made sexual advance/comments to a young male staffer - is that implying that Massa is homosexual????, or was it case of, say, him calling the staffer a "faggot", etc, i.e. ridiculing him. This bio doesn't make any sense with its truncated version. What actually happened here??? - can't tell from this Wikipedia entry. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.152.200.174 (talkcontribs)
We can only include what information reliable sources have already reported to be true. The answers to your questions are unknown by the general public at this stage, thus they are also unknown to us. Powers T 23:54, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

On Monday, March 8, Rep Massa accused the Obama administration of forcing him out because he voted against the health care reform bill. [2] Ktrimbach (talk) 18:04, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Massa seemed to making noises about maybe not actually resigning his House seat, given his dissatisfaction with the Democratic leadership. Is it confirmed that he has in fact resigned, or are we just going off his 3/5 statement? SS451 (talk) 01:45, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

The Democrat and Chronicle says: "The Corning Democrat's resignation became effective at 5 p.m. Monday." It would be headline news if he hadn't actually resigned. Powers T 18:33, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

Electoral history is inaccurate. Randy Kuhl improved his score by 0.8% in 2006, not 51.5%[edit]

In the 2006 chart, it states that Randy Kuhl, who obtained 51.5% of the vote, improved his score by 51.5%, implying that it was his first attempt at being elected or that his score in a previous election had been 0.0%. In fact, the record for the New York's 29th congressional district shows that in 2004, Randy Kuhl was elected with 50.7% of the vote. His score in 2006 would then have been a +0.8% improvement from the 2004 election, and not +51.5% as stated in the Eric Massa article. Oclupak (talk) 13:26, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

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