May 20, 2010

Ex-Rep. Fossella endorsed by Staten Island GOP for his old seat

By CREW Staff

A couple weeks ago, we reported on the speculation that former Congressman Vito Fossella was interested in running for his old seat. The New York Congressman retired in 2008 after a conviction for drunk driving and the revelation that he had another family in the DC area.

Well, it's not speculation any more. The Staten Island Advance reported the "bombshell announcement" from last night that Fossella received the endorsement of the Staten Island Republican Party executive committee. Former Congressman Guy Molinari, who supports another GOP candidate, laid out the ethical implications of Fossella's candidacy:

Said Molinari, "I have a difficult time believing that Fossella would put his own personal ambitions above his family. His family has been through enough and I couldn't believe that he would be willing to put them through all of that once again."

Fossella pleaded guilty to the DWI charge and served two weekends in a Virginia jail last year.

Molinari predicted that if Fossella were to win the primary, the House Ethics Committee investigation that was dropped when he declined to run for re-election would be reopened.

"I am told that there are other matters that would be brought to the surface if he were to win again," Molinari said.

In May of 2008, CREW sent an ethics complaint against Fossella to the House Ethics Committee. At the time, we noted, "since the Ethics Committee is required to investigate Rep. Fossella’s drunk driving charges, it should take the opportunity to consider whether, by using taxpayer funded travel to pursue his romantic relationship with Lt. Col. Fay, Rep. Fossella violated House travel rules and the prohibition on conduct that does not reflect creditably on the House."


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