Disgraced Ex-Congressman Says Republicans Are Begging Him To Make A Comeback

Vito Fossella's mugshot.
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Disgraced former GOP Rep. Vito Fossella told the New York Post on Wednesday unspecified “local and national Republicans — including former congressional colleagues and other D.C. power brokers” are asking him to try to re-take his old House seat.

Fossella left office in 2008 after he was busted for driving while intoxicated, which led to the revelation he had a child who was the result of a longterm extramarital affair. 

“There are significant people who have approached me to run,” Fossella said. “They say I did a good job and should enter the public arena again.”

Fossella’s former seat is currently occupied by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), who was elected in 2010. However, Grimm is currently facing an ongoing Justice Department investigation into his fundraising.

Despite the alleged interest, Fossella said he “told people I have no plans to seek office at this point in my life.”

Fossella, who reconciled with his family after the scandal, is currently a managing director at former Sen. Al D’Amato’s (R-NY) lobbying firm, Park Strategies LLC. 

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