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Another Republican House lawmaker bows out

May 20, 2008

rtr3qjn.jpgWASHINGTON – As if Republicans in the House of Representatives don’t already have enough to worry about, they now will have to unexpectedly defend another open seat in November.

Conservative Rep. Vito Fossella said in a letter to his constituents that he will not run for a sixth term representing Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, New York. Earlier this month he was charged in a Washington, D.C. suburb with driving under the influence of alcohol and he later reportedly admitted having an extramarital affair.

“This choice was an extremely difficult one, balanced between my dedication to service to our great nation and the need to concentrate on healing the wounds that I have caused to my wife and family,” Fossella said in the letter posted on his congressional Web site.

Fossella said he will serve out the end of his term, but his decision not to seek re-election adds to the daunting battle Republicans already face in November to regain control of the House from Democrats.

More than two dozen Republicans have decided to retire or run for another political office and they have lost three special elections this year in predominantly Republican districts which sparked widespread alarm in the party.

- Photo credit: Reuters/ (Fossella in 2000 presents legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to then-New York Cardinal John O’Connor.)

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“This choice was an extremely difficult one, balanced between my dedication to service to our great nation and the need to concentrate on healing the wounds that I have caused to my wife and family,” Fossella said in the letter posted on his congressional Web site.

What’s remarkably missing is any reference to Vito’s credibility gap between being a high and holy rolling moralizer, and the fact that he’s been maintaining two families, each with children, and lying to both of them about the existence of the other.

In the dichotomy between “his service” and “his family”, the voters — the people who hired him to do a job, which apparently consists of “do as I say, not as I do” — don’t even fit in.

Posted by jvill | Report as abusive
 

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Reader…

Well…another republican religious hypocrite bites the dust.

I don’t know the count, but I’m sure that more republicans have been caught than democrats.

And that’s what it’s all really about isn’t it, i.e., who gets caught?

I’m just “praying” that the democratic leadership in (and out of) congress don’t have any moral skeletons in their closets.

Barack Obama is on a roll, and doesn’t need any moral roadblocks popping up between now and November.

It ought to be interesting to see what falls out of the closet between now and then insofar as religious hypocrisy is concerned.

Best Regards,
Oklahoma Jack

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