In a bombshell announcement, the Staten Island Republican Party executive committee last night endorsed former GOP Rep. Vito Fossella to run against Rep. Michael McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) this fall.
Do you remember former Rep. Fossella? He was the guy who dropped his re-election bid in 2008 after being arrested for driving under the influence. As he was driving from his girlfriend’s house at the time, the news came out that he fathered a love child from the extramarital affair.
Is a disgraced former Congressman really the best nominee the New York Republicans can find? In this anti-Washington, anti-incumbent year, I can't imagine a worse background for a potential challenger.
The news comes right on the heels of Rep. Mark Souder’s (R-IN) decision to resign because of an extramarital affair. Not a good one-two PR punch for that Republican "family values" image. Perhaps in two years, Souder will figure it’s okay to follow in Fossella’s footsteps and try to take back his seat.