“The Irrelevant One” Craig “Easton” [sic] Attacks Fossella About Past: CBS News
Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Irrelevant One” Eaton (known to CBS News as “Craig Easton”) went on the attack against the return of Vito Fossella to the 13th Congressional District race:
NEW YORK (CBS) ― Former Congressman Vito Fossella was arrested on drunk-driving charges and fathered a child out of wedlock, but that didn’t stop the executive committee of the Staten Island Republican Party from selecting him as their nominee to run for his old seat this year.
It’s still unclear if Fossella will actually make the race.
It was just two years ago that drunk driving and adultery drove Fossella from office.
“I’ve embarrassed my family,” Fossella told the media on May 8, 2008.
But now Vito’s back and buoyed by the fact that Staten Island Republicans want him as their man to unseat Democratic Congressman Michael
McMahon. Friends said it might happen.
“I was talking with Vito Fossella this afternoon. Vito is very seriously considering the race for Congress,” said Rep. Peter King, R-Long Island.
Congressman King said Fossella remains a popular candidate in Staten Island.
“The personal issues Vito will have to resolve for himself, with his family. I think from a political point of view I think Vito is by far the strongest Republican candidate we can have,” Rep. King said.
The district represents voters in Staten Island and Brooklyn. Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Easton told CBS 2 HD Fossella’s not his candidate and voters will have no choice but to consider his past.
“It’s already out there — the love child, the arrest for DWI. That’s all out there. I mean that’s all been factored into the equation already,” Easton said.
Republican candidate Michael Grimm, backed by Rudy Giuliani, welcomed Fossella into the race, but took a backhanded shot at him, saying his goal is, “To make sure everyone knows what I stand for which, again, is change, getting rid of this corruption, this culture in Washington.”
The reaction on the street to Fossella’s possible return to politics was mixed. “Yes, I would,” Geraldine McMahon said when asked if she’d vote for Fossella. “He made a mistake, but he’s good for Staten Island.”
“I don’t think he should be running because of his behavior. DWI and extramarital affairs, that kind of behavior, we don’t need,” Ron Meisels added.
“We shouldn’t hire people because of their personal life because we all have skeletons in our closet,” Vilma Manceno added.
Even if Fossella does decide to run he’s got a mighty big problem. Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long told CBS 2 HD he’s going to back Grimm.
Friends said Fossella will make a decision by early next week.
Mr. Chairman, how about you get your house in order before you start judging Mr. Fossella.
Many of your cabal’s actions have been both morally and politically reprehensible, and your mismanagement of funds of our party has been stunning.
Perhaps you’ve never been introduced to this biblical quote from Luke:
Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
They don’t teach that at the Cathedral Club? I would think they would.
And last time I checked, even your favorite State Senator Marty Golden had his own run-ins with the law and controversial events occur in his life. Even more rumors fly around his district about further alleged inappropriate conduct. Shouldn’t those be taken into account when considering his character just as much as Mr. Fossella’s?
I think so.
Of course, Mr. Fossella has admitted his own personal issues, and it’s true that we here at Atlas have not always agreed with him.
But before you start throwing stones, Mr. Chairman, maybe you should consider the party’s sins under your own leadership. Then you’ll begin to realize you’re in no position to judge.