After Scandal, NYC Rep Won't Run Again

GOP's Fossella busted for drunk-driving, fathering love child
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 8:58 AM CDT
After Scandal, NYC Rep Won't Run Again
In this March 1, 2008 file photo, New York Rep. Vito Fossella speaks during christening ceremonies for the U.S.Navy ship New York at Northrop Grumman shipyard in Avondale, La.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Vito Fossella, the Republican congressman whose drunk-driving bust earlier this month led to the discovery that he had a lover and child on the side, has decided not to run for reelection, the AP reports. He said today the decision was based on the need to "concentrate on healing the wounds that I have caused to my wife and family." 

Fossella, the only GOP congressman from New York City, was charged with DWI May 1; in the wake of the arrest  the 43-year-old lawmaker’s relationship with a Virginia woman emerged. He faced a tough reelection campaign in 2006, and Democrats had been aiming for his seat before the scandal. (More Vito Fossella stories.)

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