Politico Editor: Pelosi Faces Tough Task on Health Reform Vote

BY Hari Sreenivasan  March 9, 2010 at 5:24 PM EST

Politico Deputy Managing Editor Tim Grieve spoke with me Tuesday about House Speaker’s Nancy Pelosi’s tough task of getting enough House Democrats to again vote for politically controversial health care reform legislation.

We also discussed the controversy surrounding former Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., who resigned his office Monday. Massa said he would step down after reports surfaced that he was subject of a House ethics investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of staffers.

Massa is now claiming that he was forced out of office by Democrats angry that he voted against the first version of the House health care bill. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that sources close to the probe say Massa is being investigated for allegedly groping male members of his staff. Massa has said that investigation concerned his use of “salty language” with his staff, according to the Post.