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As Vito Takes to the Airwaves, Bob Grant Says Staten Island is “Looking Forward” to Welcoming Him Back to Congress

December 28, 2009

“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 GrantThe 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…

Apparently Bob Grant was talking about a number of things, including the infamous terror trials to take place in New York and Brooklyn, when Vito Fossella called into the show.

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….

Well…will we?

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.

  1. Maura McCarthy permalink
    December 28, 2009 3:43 am

    Vito, Vito, Vito: Fossella’s “Wild Night” Before His DWI Arrest

    Fossella shuns his gay sister – source

    Vito’s Family Values?

    “Vino” Fossella is a total fake, phony, fraud and buffoon just like Craig Eaton and Tom Tewell!

  2. Octavia the Minor permalink
    December 28, 2009 4:05 am

    Who is Bob Grant? (whose real name is Robert Ciro Gigante)

  3. Milly permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:03 pm

    Wow, Fossella is back again…

    I wonder what that means…

  4. Grimm State of Affairs permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:30 pm

    The winds are changing it seems…

  5. December 28, 2009 12:31 pm

    After reading the news on how a Muslim taxi driver lost his job because he asked a gay couple to leave his car after he already asked them not to make out in his cab, I decided to call the Taxi rental company to find out what really happened.

    A person at Steinway Express Management, who is also a religious Muslim, told me that Taxi cabs are required to do to the police and not take the law into their own hands.

    I looked up the TLC law, and I found that in section 2-50(e)(9), there is no requirement for the Taxi cab to drive to the police. The cab driver can simply refuse service.

    “the passenger is disorderly or intoxicated. Provided, however, that a driver shall not refuse to provide service to a person with a disability solely because such person’s disability results in an appearance or involuntary behavior which may offend, annoy, or inconvenience the driver;”

    Click to access drivrules.pdf

    I called them back and I informed them that the law does not require a cab driver to go to the police. He explained to me that the requirement to go the police is a company policy to eliminate false discrimination claims.

    Seems like the Homosexual Agenda is succeeding in taking away our religious freedom, one step at a time. I could imagine Shoprite getting sued for asking people not to make out in their store.

    • Grimm State of Affairs permalink
      December 28, 2009 1:19 pm


    • Bubbe permalink
      December 28, 2009 10:28 pm

      And..Who can afford to take a taxi now?
      Not the man who lost his job.

      • therape for bubbe permalink
        December 28, 2009 11:18 pm

        How do you know that exactly? Be nice to a Republican candidate! Too many have been needlessly attacked.

  6. Mike Allegretti Must Win permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:34 pm

    I’m rooting for one Mike above all others!

  7. Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry permalink
    December 28, 2009 1:37 pm

    Vito, Vito! What are you doing to us?

  8. Question Mark Mike permalink
    December 28, 2009 2:06 pm

    Does anyone know if Craig Eaton is still supporting Allegretti? I hope so!

  9. Sexy Republicana permalink
    December 28, 2009 2:21 pm

    This is a fantastic piece, John! I was totally unaware of Vito being on the radio! Guess you would have had to listen in to know!

    By the way, I’m with you guys 100%! Reform all the way in the New Year, baby 😉

    Take that, Bay Ridge Cabal!

    Just remember: Brooklyn = Brooklyn

    The following statement is false: Brooklyn = Bay Ridge LOL!

  10. Let the campaigning begin permalink
    December 28, 2009 2:31 pm

    Democrats hold the 13th Congressional District seat for the first time since 1981, and McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) already had more than $766,000 in the bank before his fund-raiser last week raked in another $80,000.

    Two Republicans — Michael Allegretti and Michael Grimm — are battling to challenge McMahon, but the national Democratic Party already put its marker down by sending Vice President Joe Biden to New York last month to raise money for McMahon.

    But speculation that Republican Fossella will seek his old House seat refuses to die. A McMahon-Fossella matchup, which would no doubt revolve around hot topics like health care, Afghanistan and Fossella’s scandal-scarred past, would no doubt be one of the most-watched races in the nation.

    Montalbano doesn’t think that Fossella will run, but said the McMahon race will be of national interest anyway.

    “The Republicans think that it’s a marginal district, and Mike is a freshman,” he said. “That’s a dangerous time for an incumbent.”

    Next year will also be the first House mid-terms following Democratic President Barack Obama’s election, which could increase turnout up and down the ballot.

  11. Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
    December 28, 2009 3:21 pm

    When will Marty Golden endorse a candidate? Does he do that?

    • Weston permalink
      December 28, 2009 10:31 pm

      Marty can’t even blow his nose.
      He doesn’t do a damn thing.

  12. May The Best Man Win permalink
    December 28, 2009 4:22 pm

    Welcome back Vito! May the best man win!

    • Hylan Blvd permalink
      December 28, 2009 10:37 pm

      Yea show Marty Golden whose da boss.
      We Love You Vito-We Miss You
      Wecome Home!

  13. Craigy Dearest permalink
    December 28, 2009 4:33 pm

    Craigy, my dear, when will you be letting us poor subjects know who you’ll be endorsing of the Mikes running for the 13th? Will you support Vito?

    Just so you know, I wholeheartedly support Mike Grimm!

  14. BBB permalink
    December 28, 2009 5:28 pm

    The question begs, why has this blog shut down this reform minded commentator’s posts about the truth?

    The question begs, talk about not standing the heat?

    The question begs, does this mean the allegations put forth by this reform minded commentator are true?

    The question begs, all it takes is a simple answer from Jonathan, Samuel, and Mrs. Potter whether these allegations put forth by this reform minded commentator are true?

    The question begs, isn’t the goal of reform to share ideas, and debate?

    The question begs, we would expect stealing IP address’s, and blocking comments from reform minded commentators such as this one from countries like China, and Cuba not Jonathan or Samuel, or would we?

    The question begs, by blocking the truth…

    The question begs, the answer has already been given.

    • Gerry permalink
      December 28, 2009 5:38 pm

      I’m guessing you’re the ugly duckling of the same alphabet soup family that spawned AAA? To honor that fact, I’m giving you the silent treatment.

      After all, no one should negotiate with e-terrorists, right? LOL

  15. Gerry permalink
    December 28, 2009 5:34 pm

    I just want to thank you Atlas folks for all your great reporting over the past few months. Fantastic work! I’ll be with you going into the new year!

  16. Young GOP Kid permalink
    December 28, 2009 5:36 pm

    I second Gerry’s vow, and I will be with you guys until reform comes to the Brooklyn GOP!

  17. Harry O'Brien permalink
    December 28, 2009 7:43 pm

    Rain or shine, Atlas is mine. I’ll see you guys well into the new year!

  18. Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
    December 28, 2009 7:48 pm

    Brooklyn GOP politics would be so BORING without you guys! Please stick with it!

    Atlas is the best!

  19. Lucius permalink
    December 28, 2009 8:01 pm

    I recall Chairman Eaton said the following online at the “new” BrooklynGOP webpage:

    “These digital armchair activists have it wrong: the internet is a great tool when used along with traditional methods of political campaigns.

    “If you’re not ringing doorbells, collecting signatures, handing out flyers in the real world — you’re missing out on the fundamentals of political activism.

    “So pound away at your keyboard — we welcome your insight and virtual involvment.

    “But join us in pounding pavement too. We need you.”

    I happen to occasionally peruse other GOP blogs, and have noticed some of the Bay Ridge GOP leadership commenting on them, particularly Urban Elephants.

    I am curious if these proxies of Mr. Eaton are concerned that they are not living up to his mandate. It would appear all they do is complain about this blog rather than address the issues discussed on it. I cannot say I am surprised.

    I don’t believe they are used to having so little control over the political discussion. I must say, the fact that a group of bloggers has engaged the leadership and fellow Republicans so well is a testament to the power of blogs and how, when used appropriately, they can be extremely effective in creating dialogue.

    Despite the recent “Comment Wars” that have taken place (which I have altogether disregarded with the exception of some clever ones), I must confess that the substance and satire in the actual posts accumulated thus far greatly exceeds my expectations for any blog, let alone a local political blog.

    As such, I intend to continue following Atlas Shrugs which is a rare example of educated, humorous, online political discussion.


  20. I Might Like Mike--But Which One? permalink
    December 28, 2009 8:05 pm

    When will Mike Grimm ever have a bigger website? It needs some work!

  21. AAA permalink
    December 28, 2009 9:51 pm

    The question begs, why is it Brooklyn YR meetings are regularly attended by roughly 10 people or so?

    The question begs, why is it that the Brooklyn YR’s haven’t reached out to the areas they promised to reach out too considering those who attend meetings are so few and hard to find?

    The question begs, doesn’t the amount of volunteers that come out of the “Bay Ridge” GOP triple, or quadruple that number alone?

    The question begs, why is that the 13th congressional district is getting tons of coverage on this very blog, when on this blog a declared candidate in Brooklyn who commentates on this blog is getting little to zero attention?

    The question begs, by focusing only on the 13th congressional district isn’t this the same area where Jonathan and Sam complain about covering or targeting?

    The question begs, than isn’t it time to focus on the declared candidate Joseph Hayon’s race, after all wouldn’t this fit the target area that Jonathan and Sam want to focus on?

    The question begs, as the answer has already been given…

    • Bay Ridge Does Not Equal Brooklyn permalink
      December 28, 2009 9:59 pm

      We’ve received a few emails about the unpublicized Brooklyn GOP event (held in–where else?–Bay Ridge) advertised as a rally against “socialized health care.”

      Having drawn a “small crowd,” according to Courier Life, the rally provided little direction about what exactly should be done to address the healthcare debacle. While the GOP’s opposition to the bill is clear, the party seeking to unseat the 13th CD’s Democratic Representative McMahon could not provide any alternative message, it seems, to what has been out there.

  22. Bay Ridge Does Not Equal Brooklyn permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:01 pm

    You may recall I previously referred to the Brooklyn GOP website as “a disgrace.” If you log on to their site (Democrats would laugh, Republicans would cry–and then laugh), you’ll understand why. Still, two whole months after I wrote that post, the party has still done nothing to change the site or taken obvious, affirmative steps to do so. At this point, even if they do change it, it seems the damage has already been done.

    But now, I can finally smile.

    One Brooklyn GOP organization has at long last taken it upon themselves to restore the reputation of Brooklyn Republicans in the internet arena.

    That organization is the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, and they have come out swinging against those who thought that reform was dead in Brooklyn. Whether they keep their promise is a separate question, but they have certainly sent a powerful message within just days of launching a new image and a new website.

    I first learned of the Brooklyn Young Republicans’ new website and logo on Urban Elephants. When did they release these changes?

    The day after the elections. I love the symbolism–a kind of resurrection after the death of the Brooklyn GOP.

  23. Ha Ha Ha permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:21 pm

    Maybe local Brooklyn papers and other blogs that have real traffic will be interested in what we have to say?

    • Things Are Getting Curiouser and Curiouser permalink
      December 28, 2009 10:27 pm

      What is it you guys are trying to say exactly?

  24. Good Night Atlas permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:31 pm

    Sure state yrs and Ed Cox will be interested in what we have to say. LOL!!!!

  25. Drones will be Drones permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:33 pm

    I dont care if you delete my posts. I just want you (Jonathan) to know that we are on to you. Go ahead and delete. LOL

  26. Dr. Freud permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:40 pm

    I’m detecting serious mental breakdowns from TheJigIsUpAtlas crew. Time to call the paddywagons and prep the straight jackets.

    • Harry O'Brien permalink
      December 28, 2009 11:07 pm


  27. Judas Judge permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:42 pm

    no paddywagons needed here. allow us to post. LOL. why so scared of the truth?

    • HOFJ permalink
      December 28, 2009 10:49 pm

      Wow, you have a real hardon for Judge, don’t you? ha ha ha!

  28. SI GOPer permalink
    December 28, 2009 11:56 pm

    Nice to see we’re talking about the 13th CD. You see, it’s not irrelevant, even if you like to think it is, Eaton.

  29. "The Bronx is up permalink
    December 29, 2009 6:48 pm

    and the Battery is down, Bay Riders have a heck of a Clown”

    Let go have a feast at the Bay Ridge “Golden” Manor. The dinner and drinks is on the tab of the Brooklyn GOP organization (aka “Kings County Republican Committee”)

    • Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
      December 29, 2009 7:39 pm

      I’ve heard some very irksome things about what’s going on in the Bronx GOP.

  30. Mona Lisa Sowerby permalink
    December 29, 2009 7:43 pm

    Craig is still checking out Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn daily – even this week while away on vacation at his Caribbean timeshare in the Dutch West Indies (The Netherlands Antilles)

    • Gerry permalink
      December 29, 2009 8:12 pm

      It’s nice to know the Chairman can afford such extravagance. I wonder if he’ll be donating his own money to pay for the holiday dinner that cost thousands?

  31. Myrtle Avenue permalink
    December 29, 2009 10:36 pm

    Maybe that is where the other 50k from Bloomie is going.


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