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Viva la Vito: Fossella's Backers and Detractors

Lucky for Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), he has New York nightclub impresario John Englebert on his side.

Englebert, a.k.a. "JE," who you can see here partying at the Playboy Mansion, is offering to donate space at his nightclubs to organize "rallys [sic] and petition drives in Manhattan to keep NYC Lone Republican Congressman Vito Fossella in office."

In a press release titled "Viva Vito!" -- actually, it had eight exclamation points after Viva Vito -- and written in perfect Staten Island lexicon, Englebert said: "Bill Clinton and Governor Patterson [SIC] are perfect examples of how ones [SIC] governmental duties should not be judged by there [SIC] personal mistakes." He called Vito a "great congressman and driving force" and said "tons of Staten Islanders feel the same way."

The press release said the nightclub icon has sent a letter to Fossella. "He hopes that Vitos decission [double SIC] to stay on is felt from the people that elected him not the politicians in Washington that have never even seen Staten Island."

Meanwhile, in Washington, the left-leaning watchdog ethics group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) made no bones about where it stands on Vito's political future.

"Given recent disturbing reports about Rep. Vito Fossella's (R-NY) double life over the past several years, [CREW] urges the congressman to resign immediately," the group's executive director, Melanie Sloan, said in a written statement. "It is reprehensible that only after Mr. Fossella's DWI arrest was he forced to admit that he has two families. Aggressive reporting has also revealed that taxpayer dollars helped fund the long-standing affair. By traveling the world with retired Lt. Col. Laura Fay, Mr. Fossella used his position and public money to pursue his illicit affair."

Check out our earlier posting about Fossella's political viability.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 12, 2008; 4:08 PM ET
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I only got one ting to say. Why don't youts-guys leave Vito the F--- alone. He is a good family man and a good Republican. So's he's got somethin for women. What's it to you.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

At least he was tapping his foot, throwing someone off a bridge, or doing a donkey in a DC hotel,

Posted by: StatenIslander112 | May 12, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

He can have a thing for women, but let him finance his romances with his own money, NOT taxpayers. Good family man? Give me a break!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I wondered what happened to all "The Sopranos" bit players and extras. Didn't realize one got a gig in Congress. Too bad he'll be swimming with the fishies soon.

Posted by: Bette2times | May 12, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Keep digging. I'm sure you'll find Mr. "Pro-life" Fossella has treated conquests to abortions. HE should be denied Communion over pro-choice Catholic politicians, but the matricidal RC always hoodwinks misogynist playboys.

Posted by: Mary Mueller | May 12, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

What no one has EVER said was his Democratic family made sure in the past no real Democratic candidate ran against him (republican). Yet Vito was a very smart and careful politician and was good for Staten Island, but really at this point, I'd say he is toast. He made it to a Saturday Night Live news skit last Saturday so I guess he has now really made it and it is time to go - if he wants to. He has embarrassed us and that is not easy. I feel very sorry for his wife - not him. He will end up shuffling papers in a family business, maybe run again and lose, and frequent local bars where he will be pat on the back and bought a drink.

But as far as resigning, considering all the nonsense that happens in DC, he should not resign.

Posted by: StatenIslander-43267 | May 12, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

at least he didnt have an abortion like you ignorant liberals who use it casually.

Posted by: me | May 12, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"at least he didnt have an abortion like you ignorant liberals who use it casually"

The comment above is a fine example of meticulous thought and reasoned insight. (neener-neener)

I disagree that the gentleman should resign because of the affair. I don't know why he chose to have it; Perhaps he fell in love again. If he does resign, it should be for lacking the common sense to realise that political figures engaged in that practice will get caught.

Posted by: aj | May 13, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"Perfect Staten Island lexicon"???

If you don't like our island, go back to Gilligan's, Mary-Ann!

Posted by: Son of SI | May 13, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey Vito, so how's that "traditional family values" thing workin for u?

Posted by: Fred Saez | May 13, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

He was caught while driving while blotto. He had to admit to an affair and a love child (which unlike some reports he did NOT admit to right away--five year affair and a week after his arrest). He is now suspected of starting the affair and continuing it while the taxpayers paid for his trips. His father and uncle knew about his affair and love child and paid for his mistress' house. And now Congressional staffers and members of Congress state that they THOUGHT he was involved with Fay unprofessionally and it was reported that she was not acting properly (why didn't this get reported before?). This is far worse than what Clinton did, what Spitzer did, and what other politicans have done.

Posted by: Eric | May 13, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"'Perfect Staten Island lexicon'???

If you don't like our island, go back to Gilligan's, Mary-Ann!"

All of the SICs say it all

Posted by: Anonymous | May 13, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

staten island rules

Posted by: gino | May 13, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Resign !! It's the honorable way to go,
something a Lib wouldn't know about.
Jaunita Broaddrick is still waiting for the
great philanderer to apologise.

Posted by: Phil P. | May 13, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Resign !! It's the honorable way to go,
something a Lib wouldn't know about.
Jaunita Broaddrick is still waiting for the
great philanderer to apologise.

Posted by: Phil P. | May 13, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What Vito does not understand, nor do those who would brush this nonsense off so lightly, is that sitting in Congress, or any position as a public servant, is not a right. It is a privilege given by the people in a public trust that is conditioned, at the very least, on good behavior. His immoral debauchery brings discredit to him, his party, and his constituents of all political flavors but his criminal acts are far beyond the pale. It is not that he is ranked among the lowest in effectiveness for his constituents as compared to all others in Congress and all others from the New York State delegation to Congress; or that he has the distinction of not getting earmarks (federal funds) for his district or state; or that he has been a rubber stamp to serve the Bush Whitehouse on every harebrained and unethical scheme when as a member of Congress his obligation is to serve the people by checking and balancing other branches of government over reaching and abusing their office, or his dismal record of not representing his constituents best interests by not only not showing up to vote at all on many bills and voting against the interests of his constituents when he does show up to serve partisan interests at the expense of all his constituents; or his shallow and transparent hypocrisy and double standards of "family values" he votes to impose upon his constituents but does not live according to these rules or principals himself that are all the reasons he should be ASKED to step down from his office. It is his criminal acts at the expense of the people that require him to either resign or be impeached. His constituents have a right to expect competent representation from him because that was the promise he gave to trick them into giving him the opportunity but even his constituents do not have any right to expect or condone nor to forgive his criminal acts against society and not being a monarch Vito has no divine right to expect or condone nor to forgive his own criminal acts against society either. Driving drunk, going through stop signals and lying to deceive the police investigation are deliberate crimes and are bad enough but now abusing public funds for his own personal use and amusement are all the more worse.

Posted by: George Rosquist | May 13, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Do we know that he only has TWO families?

Posted by: billp | May 13, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: votenic | May 13, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why he hasn't become a Democrat yet. The issue would go away immediately and Democrats would be falling all over themselves to fund his campaign.

Posted by: Jim | May 13, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least it's a women this time, not an anonymous homosexual tryst in an airport can nor trolling the congressional pages for young boys. You have to give the guy credit, he's already distinguished himself from his recent predecessors.
As far as him resigning, I don't think it rises to that level, unless it turns out he actually did use public funding to score some booty points.
Other than that, it's up to the people of Staten Island to decide if they trust him to conduct their business or not. I might suggest he learn a lesson from that bayou " Pimp Daddy" and stick to prostitutes (not to suggest that prostitutes are sticky, though they could well be), it will avoid all this messy "2 family" nonsense and you don't have to take them on congressional junkets.
Or you could just resist all this secular temptation and give yourself in prayer...oh never mind, who am I trying to kid...

Posted by: Dijetlo | May 14, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary is elected, Mrs. Fossella should be first in line for that Senate seat.

Posted by: Maggie | May 14, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

If Vito had been a choir boy up to now, I might have some sympathy. But he has been weak lawmaker with a tendency towards corruption for a long time.

I really hope he doesn't resign- he deserved to be thrown out of office by the voters. He doesn't have deserve to be martyred. Luckily, the national Republicans seem to be dropping him like a hot potatoe.

Posted by: harriet | May 15, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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