Ex-Rep. Fossella Says GOP Asking Him to Run Again

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Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 11:19 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Ex-Republican Rep. Vito Fossella says New York and national Republicans are sounding him out about a possible run for his old seat, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"There are significant people who have approached me to run," Fossella told the Post. "They say I did a good job and should enter the public arena again."

Fossella, married with three children, didn't seek re-election after he was arrested for drunken driving in suburban Virginia in May 2008 and subsequently confessed to fathering a child during an extramarital affair.

It was a drastic fall for a politician once viewed as a potential mayor of New York City.
But though he told the Post he was "flattered" by the support and still thinks public service is a "noble calling," he's keeping his day job.

"I told people I have no plans to seek office at this point in my life," he told the Post.

Fossella has since reconciled with his family and is a managing director at former New York Republican Sen. Al D'Amato's lobbying firm, Park Strategies LLC, the Post reported.

In an interview with "The Steve Malzberg Show" in July, Fossella reflected on second chances.

"Everybody is entitled to a second chance. So, they can throw their hat in the ring. Let the voters decide," Fossella said when asked about the attempted political comebacks of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.

"Personally, I believe in the notion of redemption . . . It’s the candidates in the field who have to demonstrate to the voters that they're the best person for the job.

New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, who was elected in 2010 to fill the seat — and now faces a Justice Department investigation into his fundraising, charges he denies — bashed the Post report as "baseless rumors," Politicker reported.

He said the report "will not keep me from focusing on my work in Congress and fighting for the people I proudly represent," Politicker reported.

Local and state Republicans stood behind Grimm.

Staten Island GOP Chairman John Antoniello charged that the report was "planted by Democrats," while State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox said Grimm "has the party's full support, and any other rumors are simply false," the political website reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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