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Staten Island GOP Executive Committee Nominates Fossella to Oppose McMahon in November

May 19, 2010

Well, this was certainly a shocker:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In a stunning turn of events, Staten Island’s GOP Executive Committee has nominated Vito Fossella to take on Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon in the November election.

The vote was 23-4.

The GOP interviewed declared candidates Michael Grimm and Michael Allegretti at the Roadhouse Restaurant, Sunnyside earlier this evening. Fossella, who has repeatedly said he has no plans to return to politics, was not in attendance. He could not be immediately reached for comment as to whether he will accept the nomination.

Grimm and Allegretti were gone by the time the bombshell announcement was made.

The GOP County Committee must ratify the nomination next week.


Thanks to Tom Wrobleski for bringing us this update on SILive.

  1. Craig Eaton, Call the SI GOP Right Now permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:31 pm

    Craig Eaton,

    Immediately call the Staten Island GOP executive board and tell them that Brooklyn is selecting the Republican congressional candidate in the 13th CD for the 2010 election, and tell them it’s not Vito Fossella.

    I’m sure that will make them change their mind before they present their selection to the SI Republican County Committee for ratification.

    btw, Craig, did your “Brooklyn selected” candidate get the “4” other votes in Staten Island?

  2. Queen of Kings permalink
    May 19, 2010 11:29 pm

    …and the Queen said “Off with their heads!”

  3. Brooklyn Guy permalink
    May 19, 2010 11:29 pm

    Kings County Republican Party Endorses Michael Allegretti, Congressional Candidate In NY-13

    Brooklyn, NY

    Contact: Chairman Craig Eaton 718 704 4766

    Today Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton announced the Kings County Republican Party’s unanimous endorsement of Congressional Candidate Michael Allegretti for the 13th Congressional District at a meeting of its Executive Committee which was held last evening at the Brooklyn Bar Association.

    “We feel Michael Allegretti represents our Republican ideas and values,” said Chairman Eaton. “Michael has a broad understanding of our community and he has a deep understanding of the problems that we face. He is young, articulate, educated and passionate about this race. His message of reduced spending, controlling the national debt and confronting the immigration problems is exactly what we need in Washington and his business experience makes him uniquely qualified for this position. Our party believes that Michael has the know-how to get the job done for the constituents of the 13th Congressional District, by taking on the arrogance of the Obama Administration and making the right decisions for our future. We have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with Michael in building and growing the Republican Party in Brooklyn and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future. It is for all of these reasons that the Kings County Republican Party is supporting Michael Allegretti for Congress”.
    In accepting the endorsement, Allegretti stated “I want to thank the Kings County Republican Party. This endorsement is an example of the growing support that our grassroots message is attracting,” Allegretti stated. “This campaign is all about the voters, it is about fixing a broken Washington system, and it is about standing up to the old system of back-room deals. As I campaign I will continue to speak the truth to New Yorkers about the problems our communities face and what I feel is the best way to fix them. We need to work together to create jobs, lower taxes, and get the federal government’s spending under control.”

    • Violation of Voting Rights Act? permalink
      May 23, 2010 7:43 pm

      There was another controversial vote on a congressional endorsement taken by the Executive Committee of the Kings County Rerpublican Party, the one for the Kings County Republican endorsement in the 9th CD for Brooklyn and Queens.

      There are two significant threads that are tangled in this one. First, is the ongoing Joseph Hayon saga, where Mr. H was “encouraged” by the Chairman to troop back and forth willy-nilly to friend and foe alike among the antagonists in the Brooklyn and Queens Republican Party. The second, is more significant, the ongoing charge that the Kings County Republican Party is anti-Semitic.

      Everybody knows that Joseph Hayon is an Orthodox Sephardic Jewish man;
      nonetheless, the Kings County Executive Committee scheduled its endorsement meeting, including for the seat Hayon was seeking, on the first night of “Shavuot”. This not only showed a lack of consideration for Mr. Hayon and all observant Jewish people; given the Brooklyn GOP’s prior history of scheduling events on Jewish holidays, one questions whether this scheduling of a vote by the Republican Party in Kings County violated the Federal Voting Rights Act, as well as the New York State Election and Human Rights Laws.

      No attempt was made to delay the vote, and Robert Turner of Queens was selected as the “Endorsed Candidate” of the Kings Republican Party.

      Bob Turner’s run loks like it might be the most significant Republican-Conservative challenge ever against Weiner, and out of the box, the Republican Party of Kings County has tainted it with possible charges of anti-Semitism and statutory abuses. Chairman Craig Eaton once again looks like he might be responsible for scuttling an inter-county Republican Campaign for Congress before it’s actually been launched.

  4. The Man Who Would Be Duke permalink
    May 20, 2010 12:49 am

    Paranoia is the conscience of a criminal mind.

  5. At "JIg " a Sense of Gloom and Doom permalink
    May 20, 2010 5:31 am

    Several hours without any “comments” to the Vito Fossella story.

    Spasm and confusion while the blogging troops await orders and grumble?

    Dissent and discord in the ranks of the pounders while the generalship of of the esteemed leader is again exposed?

    Rumors of traitors and assassins start to spread; old Vitotistas look for their old daggers and poisons?

    High level alliances put into question as coalition of the willing becomes less willing to be a coalition?

    Cynics already naming winners and losers?

  6. Old Guy Comes Out Fighting permalink
    May 20, 2010 5:43 am

    Guy Molinari’s first response shows there’s at least some life in one of the “Mike” campaigns.

    Already he’s talking about Fossella’s family problems and a “dirty” primary.

    One wonders how long before joint Palidino-Fossella material hits the streets and the blogs in SI and West Brooklyn.

    “Vito and the Three Mikes” sounds like a 60’s group.

  7. Frank Serpico permalink
    May 20, 2010 1:29 pm

    This right here, folks, this is the coup de grâce; this is the straw that broke the camel’s back. There is SO much dysfunction in the Brooklyn & Staten Island GOP that it has now moved from parody to tragedy. I think we need to call in “broken arrow” and declare a scorched earth policy and start all over again.

  8. Vito Fossella Family Values! permalink
    May 20, 2010 8:09 pm

    “Vito Fossella built a career as a staunch “family values” pol, polishing his image in his predominantly Catholic district with a string of anti-gay votes.

    He even shuns his gay sister, Victoria Fossella, refusing to go to family events if she and her partner attend, a source close to the family said.

    His double life is now exposed with the news he has a 3-year-old love child with a divorced Air Force colonel, and critics are calling him a hypocrite.”

  9. This is BEYOND Hypocrisy; this is Mentally Ill beyond belief!!! permalink
    May 20, 2010 8:17 pm

    Disgraced ex-congressman Vito Fossella was gifted with a second chance last night.

    In a surprise move, the Staten Island Republican Party nominated Fossella for his old congressional seat.

    Fossella’s political career was seemingly dead when a 2008 DWI arrest ultimately revealed that he had a secret second family in Virginia.

    According to the Staten Island Advance, the committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Fossella 23-4 over the two other candidates, Michael Allegretti and Michael Grimm.

    While party chairman John Friscia claimed, “It is my firm belief that [Fossella] is the strongest candidate we can field,” others were not so convinced.

    Guy Molinari, Fossella’s former mentor and now an advisor to Grimm, said, “I think the status of the Republican Party on Staten Island has reached a new low tonight.”

    Fossella has previously denied he is running for office again, but after this nomination, who

  10. Should "Vino" Fossella run for Congress again? permalink
    May 20, 2010 8:25 pm

    A new poll by ASIB should be something like this:

    Should Vito “disgraziato” Fossella run for U.S. Congress again?

    1) Yes, he should be in Washington.

    – or –

    2) No, he burned his bridges with DUI arrest, extramarital family, AND screwing his former 13th C.D. constituents two years ago?

  11. Fugheddaboudit! permalink
    May 20, 2010 8:33 pm

    This is a shameful man, Vito Fossella. And his disowning of his own sister is even more evident of that. Just a disgrace.

    Read more:

    Did he take “How to be a hypocritical douch bag 101” taught by Professor Elliot Spitzer? Both of these men built political careers on decency and strict moral values. Well, I guess Fossella will be revealed as Client # 11 next.

    In pure Brooklynese, Fugheddaboudit!

  12. Fly On The Wall permalink
    May 24, 2010 7:09 pm

    Kings County Republican Party Endorses Michael Allegretti, Congressional Candidate In NY CD-13.

    And once again, the Kings County Republican Party and Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton, prepare to sacrifice another virgin at the altar of the Democratic Party. Oh, that altar runs red with the political blood of many candidates, seduced and abandoned by the Kings County Republican malfunctioning machine. The blood of Rice was not even dry yet.


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