Throwing money at a desperate situation
via the conservative natured NY Sun;
Mr. Fossella, the lone Republican in New York City's congressional delegation, cruised to re-election in the 13th Congressional District in 2004, snaring 59% of the vote. This time, however, he is under greater pressure to distance himself from President Bush, who, though not on the ballot, suffers from low approval ratings in New York State.
And although his opponent, Stephen Harrison, has raised about $109,000 compared to Mr. Fossella's $1.3 million and has not received financial support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, an expected strong Democratic turnout has obliged Mr. Fossella to go on the offensive.
With corruption and scandal prominent issues this election season, Mr. Fossella recently found himself facing ethics questions of his own over reports, first published in the New York Daily News, that he used campaign funds to finance family ski trips to Vail, Colo. When asked about Mr. Fossella's expenditures, Mr. Donner said, "Everything done by the campaign has been consistent with the law."
Prior posts on Vail:
Fossella and Ney
Fossella in Vail