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Is Vito Not Finito?

Is Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) mounting a comeback?

Regular readers of Capitol Briefing, the Sleuth and the New York tabloids will recall that the gentleman from Staten Island announced back in May that he would retire at the end of this year, after his arrest for drunk driving led to revelations that he had an extramarital affair and fathered a child with his paramour.

Since Fossella's announcement, Republicans in New York's 13th district have had a tough time finding and agreeing on a viable candidate to replace him, while Democrats quickly settled on City Councilman Michael McMahon.

But now the Staten Island Advance and the New York Post have reported that an unknown person or party has commissioned a poll to ask voters in the district whom they would back in a race between Fossella and McMahon. Does this mean the scandal-plagued incumbent is having second thoughts about his decision to retire? Here's what Fossella said in a statement today:

"I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of support that I have received from people throughout the district through these difficult times, but I am not a candidate for Congress."

Note the use of present tense -- "I am not a candidate..." -- in the statement, meaning Fossella didn't really deny that he might BECOME a candidate again. The Advance and other outlets suggest that Fossella may actually have his eye on another race, the 2009 contest for Staten Island Borough President.

Unless Fossella decided to run under the banner of another party, the only way he could run for re-election as a Republican is if the current candidate, Robert Straniere, decided to quit the contest. Straniere doesn't sound interested in doing so, but as we've learned watching Fossella and this district's politics this year, stranger things have happened.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 15, 2008; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Posted by: Health&Care Mall | September 16, 2008 4:55 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: TheFrog | September 16, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently the mutual opponent is wealthy and exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will the GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties such as used by his protege, ex-NYPD commissioner and may be doing up to 140 years of jail time? Or Gotti, Jr. who is currently on trial for conspiracy and murder?

Will Dem use an OJ Simpson-like black convict with jail time? Coincidentally, OJ's trial with robbery and kidnapping is today too.

Will both political parties use the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convicts commit crime/murder in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Having shared this information, do we too have to worry about our personal safety? For example, does my husband have to worry about his life when he is doing his daily jog after work in the Hackensack/Bogota/Teaneck, NJ areas? Do we have to worry about the tampering of our food, water and air inside our home since our habits and plans are known in advanced due to bugging devices in private and public?

What do you think?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently the mutual opponent is wealthy and exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will the GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties such as used by his protege, ex-NYPD commissioner and may be doing up to 140 years of jail time? Or Gotti, Jr. who is currently on trial for conspiracy and murder?

Will Dem use an OJ Simpson-like black convict with jail time? Coincidentally, OJ's trial with robbery and kidnapping is today too.

Will both political parties use the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convicts commit crime/murder in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Having shared this information, do we too have to worry about our personal safety? For example, does my husband have to worry about his life when he is doing his daily jog after work in the Hackensack/Bogota/Teaneck, NJ areas? Do we have to worry about the tampering of our food, water and air inside our home since our habits and plans are known in advanced due to bugging devices in private and public?

What do you think?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It is beyond me as to why no serious election official has not picked up on the fact that Baraka Hussain Obama is not elbible to ever be elected president of the US due to the fact, that neither of his parents were actually citizens of this country;
Father, a Kenyan national.
Mother only a seventeen year old childinteresting, Eh?

Posted by: John Miller | September 18, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Apparently the Comment Nazis are elsewhere today.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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