According to the New York Times, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) will resign from Congress Monday. Massa was a liberal “No” vote for the House’s healthcare reform, because he didn’t think the bill went far enough. What this means though is that the magic # for health care passage is back down to 216 from 217. You will recall that when Nathan Deal said he was going to resign, that dropped the number from 217 to 216. When conservatives like John Fund started going crazy about that, Deal walked back his resignation saying he’d wait until after the vote. Well, with Massa leaving the House, it’s back down to 216 (and for the record, if Deal now left it would still be at 216 because these things move in multiples of 2).
So essentially, Deal now gets no benefit from staying in Congress because his vote doesn’t change the Health Care calculus. But…they might find time to hit him with that ethics report.