Fossella Gone, But District's GOP Politics Remain Wild
Just because scandal-plagued Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) is leaving doesn't mean crazy things aren't still happening in his Staten Island district. They are.
The GOP's top recruit to run in the New York 13th district is facing a challenge from none other than... his own son. His own embittered son, to be sure.
The Staten Island Advance reports Fran Powers is seeking the Libertarian nod to challenge Francis H. Powers, a.k.a. not-so-dear old Dad, who is the likely Republican nominee.
Sounds like Dad thinks Junior is a wild man who couldn't be tamed. The paper quotes the senior Powers, a retired Wall Street executive, as saying he tried unsuccessfully to help his son "live a healthy lifestyle" and "move his life in a positive direction."
Powers the son, who plays in a Staten Island rock band called Box of Crayons and runs an indie record label, told the Advance, "I'm not out here doing heroin. I have a regular life. Do I have a beer? Yes. I'm having one now."
The 47-year-old libertarian added, "I'm not going to say that my dad treated me bad when I was a kid. I know his policies. I'm running against someone I know."
Democrats, who see this -- the year of the Democrat -- as their best shot ever of picking up the only Republican district in New York City, are giddy over the family feud, especially considering Fossella's fate. Fossella, a married Christian conservative who has three children by his wife, had little choice but to announce his retirement last month after getting a DWI and admitting to a long-running extramarital affair and fathering a child with his mistress.
And now comes the Powers family. "This is like watching an episode of Jerry Springer," says Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Carrie James. "The Bush-McCain Republican agenda is so unpopular that Republican candidates for Congress can't even rely on their own family members for support any more."
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