White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Tuesday accused former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) of leveling "crazy allegations" for saying that he was forced out of office because he voted against healthcare reform.
Gibbs said that the White House will push ahead with passing its overhaul of the country's health insurance system.
"I think this whole story is ridiculous. I think the latest excuse is silly and ridiculous," he said on ABC's "Good Morning America," adding, "We’re focused not on crazy allegations but instead on making this system work for the American people rather than work for insurance companies."
Massa took several parting shots at Democratic leaders before stepping down on Monday amid an ethics investigation into inappropriate behavior. The freshman Democrat appeared on an upstate New York radio station Sunday to detail the incident that sparked the complaint.
He also took shots at House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Massa called Emanuel “the son of the devil’s spawn” and accused him of confronting him in the congressional gym while nude.
Massa voted against the House's healthcare bill because he said its provisions, including the public health insurance option, would not do enough to affect reform.
"This administration and this House leadership has said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this healthcare bill. And now they've gotten rid of me and it will pass," he said Sunday. "You connect the dots."