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Rep. Fossella Admits to Having Love Child

Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) admitted today that he fathered a 3-year-old child born to a woman with whom the Staten Island congressman has had an extra-marital relationship for several years.

"I have had a relationship with Laura Fay, with whom I have a three year old daughter," Fossella in a statement released by his crisis communications consultant. "My personal failings and imperfections have caused enormous pain to the people I love and I am truly sorry."

The revelation of a possible "love child" was exposed in New York press accounts of Fossella's arrest last week on drunken-driving charges.

Fossella, who has three children with his wife, Mary Pat, was charged early Thursday morning with driving while intoxicated in Alexandria, Va., about three miles from the home of Laura Fay, the woman who he now admits is, or was, his mistress.

Fossella told the arresting officer that he was on his way to pick up his sick daughter at her home in Alexandria and take her to the hospital, according to the police report. But the next day at a news conference, Fossella said he was driving to the suburbs in the wee hours of the morning to see friends.

Fossella stopped short of announcing his retirement, despite now facing a very difficult reelection race. "While I understand that there will be many questions, including those about my political future, making any political decisions right now are furthest from my mind," he said, insisting that he will "continue to do my job and I will work hard to heal the deep wounds I have caused."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 8, 2008; 11:56 AM ET
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