As Vito Takes to the Airwaves, Bob Grant Says Staten Island is “Looking Forward” to Welcoming Him Back to Congress
“Vito Fossella: former congressman, and, I hope, one day, current congressman, I want to thank you…”
No, that line’s not from years past, folks.
The place is the Bob Grant Show on WABC. The speaker is Bob Grant. The date is December 27, 2009.
After disconnecting his call with Fossella, Grant stated:
Vito Fossella, ladies and gentleman…I have many, many friends and acquaintances, many contacts in Staten Island, and, I’ll tell you, Staten Island is looking forward to welcoming back Vito to the United States Congress…
It looks like the 13th Congressional race just got a whole lot more interesting…
The link to the audio from the Bob Grant Show is here.
Fossella went on talking about the trials and how terrible they are. He emphasized that giving additional rights to terrorists and giving them civilian trials is totally wrong.
Then, after he was done speaking, Bob Grant closed out the conversation by intoning with his trademark radio voice: “Vito Fossella: former congressman, and, I hope, one day, current congressman, I want to thank you…”
Vito did not correct him on whether or not that would be in the cards. He merely wished him well.
Grant indicated he would be watching the newspapers and that Staten Island is “looking forward” to welcoming Fossella back to Congress.
So, it’s official. The rumors are true. Vito Fossella is out and about again–and might be running for Congress!
With his appearance comes the obvious question about the infamous 13th Congressional district and the upcoming Republican primary between the two announced candidates, Mike Grimm and Michael Allegretti.
Will Vito run again?
The memories still seem fresh of the young and promising Congressman Fossella being exposed for having another family. Many of his supporters were devastated by his decision not to run, which led to his seat being occupied by current Democratic Rep. McMahon.
Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton said of Fossella shortly after we learned of his other family:
“We are still fully behind Congressman Fossella. It was apparently an error in judgment that he’s taken full responsibility for. We support him wholeheartedly in his re-election campaign and expect he will be victorious.”
But now, the question is who will the Brooklyn and Staten Island wings of the party choose to support?
As we reported to you earlier, Mr. Eaton told the Brooklyn GOP County Convention:
Well, let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, next year, we’re going to run our own horse in that race…Mike Allegretti….
Or will the party turn to Mike Grimm, who has been getting some attention recently. This was reported late last month on SILive:
Guy Molinari is boosting former fed Mike Grimm for a GOP House run next year…
Dinner keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, wouldn’t say if he would support Grimm, despite Rudy’s closeness with Guy and the fact that Grimm, a former FBI agent and Gulf War Marine, would seem to have a lot in common with law-and-order Rudy, the onetime U.S. attorney.
Giuliani called Grimm “a very interesting candidate.”
“I find a lot of things about him that are very appealing,” he said. “He’s certainly somebody I would encourage to seek public office.”
Giuliani said that Grimm, in fact, is “exactly the kind of people that are needed in our party. People that have done things on the outside, haven’t developed in politics, then come in and they bring their talents to politics.”
Republican Mike Allegretti is also looking to take on Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon next year. Did somebody say “The Three Mikes”?
When Guy pressed Rudy about Grimm in the presence of two reporters a bit later at the dinner, Rudy said, “I’ll support the winner. I’ll figure out who the winner is going to be and I’ll support him.”
Molinari, meanwhile, doesn’t think that Republican Vito Fossella will make a run for his old House seat next year.
“I don’t think he’d put his family through it,” he said of his onetime political protégée.
Either way, Giuliani said that the 13th Congressional District was a natural target for the national Republicans next year.
He said, “Anyplace that a Democrat holds, that they just won, in an area that’s traditionally been a Republican area, are areas where we believe the Republican Party can have great success.”
Was Molinari wrong about Vito?
After reading this, might known Giuliani-fan “The Duke” Eaton decide to throw Allegretti under the bus and retract his statement from before?
Only Molinari and Eaton can say.
So far, there have been no clear signals from the party about the 13th CD. And now that Fossella is back out in public, the situation might become even more interesting, particularly for State Senator Marty Golden (aka The Golden Prince).
You see, after Vito Fossella’s indiscretion was disclosed, the following was reported and quoted from “an official within the Kings County Republican Party” against the former Congressman:
“From what I’ve heard,” remarked the pundit, “[State Senator] Marty Golden’s people are just salivating at this because they can’t stand him and would absolutely love to see him fall.” Not to mention, there were past rumors that Golden was interested in the position. “There was talk last year that Marty would primary him, but it didn’t go anywhere,” the insider added.
Yikes! Sounds like bad blood to me…
One can only imagine what would happen to Brooklyn’s support if Vito ran again. Would there be a backlash?
This suggests there just might be, and not merely because of his inappropriate behavior in years past…
So, as we enter the new year, and great many questions abound concerning this vital race for our party.
1. Will Craig Eaton remain loyal to his promise to support Michael Allegretti?
2. What will become of Mike Grimm and his aspirations?
3. Will Vito Fossella try to have a comeback and, if so, will Brooklyn and/or Staten Island support him?
4. Where does Marty Golden stand and who will he support?
Hopefully, we’ll have some answers soon. Until then, Atlas will keep you posted on any subsequent developments.