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

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

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fossella admits Ward embezzlement to FEC

I stopped following Vito's FEC reports. Maybe I shouldn't have so quickly written off Fossella's ability to provide new stories.

Liz reports that in Fossella's required FEC filing replying to an inquiry why his financial numbers were not matching up he claims to now be the victim of embezzlement;

The accuracy of this report is in question due to alleged embezzlement of funds. The Committee is in the process
of reconciling its records and will file an amended report as soon as possible.

Nothing new here, just more bad PR for Vito.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Fossella suddenly pleads guilty

via the Brooklyn Paper;

Disgraced former Rep. Vito Fossella has abandoned his appeal of last year’s drunk-driving conviction in a Virginia court and will likely begin a five-day sentence behind bars this weekend.

After fighting to for months to stay out of jail after last year’s drunk-driving arrest and conviction in suburban Virginia, the former Bay Ridge Republican withdrew his appeal this morning and entered a guilty plea.

Fossella will report to jail Friday evening and serve four days with the night he served when arrested counting towards his fifth day.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Don't call it a comeback

In the Political Animal column at Washington Monthly today's CHUTZPAH WATCH covers Fossella's desire to be the joke that never ends;

Fossella sure has been looking the part of interested potential political candidate. In the past week or so, he has attended an area Lincoln Day Dinner, read to school children in his district -- complete with a photo-op -- and participated in the opening of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign office.

I almost hope he runs for something and brings his "family values" platform with him. And don't wander off just yet we have Fossella's new DUI trail slated for April 13-14.

This isn't complicated: conservative Republican + lurid extra-marital affair + secret love child + DUI + jail time + frequent lies = limited electoral viability. A good story for a melodrama? Sure. A good story for a disgraced congressman thinking about a comeback? Not so much.

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