Another Republican House lawmaker bows out
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.)