Hoyer says Massa allegations "absurd" 

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., discounted charges made by former Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., that he was forced to resign because of his "no" vote on health care reform.

Hoyer, at his weekly press conference Tuesday, called the allegations "absurd" and "absolutely untrue."

Massa stands accused of sexually harassing a male staffer. He resigned Monday, and told a local radio station his crime was not harassment, but opposition to the Democrats' health care bill.

If you think that somehow they didn’t come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote on the health care bill, then ladies and gentleman, you live in a world that is so innocent, as not to understand what is going on in Washington," Massa told the station.

Hoyer said there was no relationship between Massa's departure and the health care reform bill. The House ethics committee is investigating the sexual harassment charges.

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