Fossella Won’t Run Again in New York

Posted May 26, 2010 at 1:35pm

Former New York Republican Rep. Vito Fossella won’t be trying for a comeback after all — at least not this year.

Fossella announced Wednesday he won’t seek to reclaim his old seat in Congress that he relinquished in 2008 amid a personal scandal involving a drunken driving arrest and a secret child from an extramarital affair.

“I will not seek election to Congress this year,” Fossella told reporters at an afternoon news conference in New York, according to the New York Daily News. “I’m frankly at a very good place in my life. I’m where I need to be and where I want to be.”

Rumors about Fossella’s interest in a comeback have been circulating in the district for months. Last week, a group of Republicans in the district, which includes Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, backed Fossella to carry the party’s banner in November.

But Fossella made his announcement one day before Staten Island Republicans are scheduled to meet to choose a nominee to face freshman Rep. Michael McMahon (D).

With Fossella stepping aside, either environmental policy expert Michael Allegretti or FBI agent and security consultant Michael Grimm will be the Republican nominee in November.