NY13 Blog; Retaking NY-13 from Rep. Vito Fossella

Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Fossella camp trying to downplay his crimal acts

Rep. Vito Fossella committed a crime and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. If you listen to Vito Fossella he has made a only a mistake, something akin to forgetting the milk. There seem to be two methods of down playing Fossella's actions by his surrogates;

• A lot of people drive drunk, it happens
• Other politicians have done it

Both are ignorant in the simplicity and rely on Vito Fossella taking absolutely no responsibility for his illegal actions. The message they are trying to push is that it is all about other people.

The first attempt at avoiding responsibility is presented by Guy Molinari;

"He made a mistake that a lot of human beings make. And he has to learn from it. He'll pay the price by the publicity. It's sad."

How does committing a crime become acceptable because others also have done it? Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that there were 17,602 deaths from alcohol-related traffic accidents;

In 2006, an estimated 17,602 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes—an average of one every 30 minutes. These deaths constitute 41 percent of the 42,642 total traffic fatalities. Of these, an estimated 13,470 involved a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater). On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 39 minutes.

Somehow because Fossella was not in an accident or did not harm someone else lessens his crime. Fossella would make it appear that there are those who harmlessly drive drunk and those who drive drunk and cause serious traumatic accidents. He tries to put himself in the prior. After all can't we just call it even with what Spitzer did? It is a political mulligan. Via the Daily News;

"If the Democrats try to make more out of this, it's going to backfire because of all the problems they continue to have," warned Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton.

He pointed to DWI arrests of Democratic state legislators as well as ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal and Gov. Paterson's extramarital affairs. "It will play itself out in the next week or so, and we'll see where it goes," added Eaton.

So here is possibly the greatest attempt at having no responsibility. First he wants to make this a partisan issue and paint those who are outraged as political opportunists, instead of concerned parents and neighbors. I for one do not care what one does in their bedroom but get very angry when one's actions put my life at risk. To claim the two are even remotely similar is a farce and tremendous leap for a very scared Fossella.

Since Vito Fossella wants no part in believing he in any way is responsible for his own arrest let me recap and try to find how any of his comments or his surrogates comments stand up;

1. Vito Fossella ran through an intersection and red light while drunk and driving his vehicle

2. Vito Fossella was pulled over and arrested in front of a middle school where during the day many children would have been in the area

3. Vito Fossella failed numerous sobriety tests; failing to be able to walk straight, recite the alphabet and failing a breathalyzer test

4. Vito Fossella lied to the police on the scene claiming he needed to get to his daughter who was sick

5. Vito Fossella was arrested and held for over six hours before he was in condition to be released

6. Vito Fossella had a .17 blood alcohol content level two hours after his arrest.

7. Vito Fossella missed most, if not all of the votes in Congress on Thursday following his release

So which of these points have to do with anyone else besides Vito Fossella? Further how can he or anyone else justify any of these actions as a simple 'mistake' or an 'error in judgment' and deny the risk he imposed on so many innocent people.

Vito Fossella was arrested because of a crime he committed.
Vito Fossella is going to stand trial for a crime he committed.
Vito Fossella potentially will go to jail for a crime he committed.

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