This morning I heard a Staten Island Republican ranting about how Vito Fossella's fathering an illegitimate child had nothing to do with his stand on the issues and he should stay in office.
Well, much as I would love to see him stay in office because he'd be easy to beat, it struck me immediately that a.) Vito Fossella's typical Bush "family values" stand and calls for Spitzer to resign mean Vito is a grade A hypocrite; and b.) seems amazing that breaking the law and endangering lives by driving drunk doesn't bother Republicans.
I called for Spitzer's resignation not because I gave a crap what he did with his free time, but because of his massive hypocrisy in prosecuting prostitution while being a participant himself. Similarly, any Republican who feels Vito Fossella's fathering an illegitimate child is ignoring the effect that will have on the life of the mother and child, as well as his own family and the gross hypocrisy that allows him to condemn others while engaging in fun himself. Fossella's family values rhetoric has to be contrasted with the reality of his screwing around, something that was well-known among Republican circles in Staten Island. read more »
Mug Shot thanks to FossellaFive.org
Drunk driving AND a secret love child all revealed in one scandal. People are arguing over what to call this scandal. Simple "Vinogate?" "Double the Family Values?" "A Congressman Walked into a Bar?" Or, a suggestion on Daily Kos, "In-Vito Fertilization."
The behavior of Vito Fossella leaves much to be desired, though perhaps by Republican standards where even pedophilia is accepted, maybe he isn't so bad. read more »
What interests us locally in New York State is that two members of this coalition are from New York: Steve Harrison (NY-13) and Eric Massa (NY-29). Here's the press release from the Harrison campaign:
Steve Harrison joins other top-tier Democratic challengers to issue â€œResponsible Plan to End the War in Iraqâ€
Harrison (NY-13 Staten Island/Southwest Brooklyn), Darcy Burner (WA-8), Donna Edwards (MD4), Eric Massa (NY-29) and 6 other candidates will unveil detailed strategy to end the war read more »
Fundraiser for Steve Harrison for Congress (NY-13)
Wed., Feb. 27, 2008, 6:30 PM
Hosted by Lewis Cohen. Honorary host Gloria Steinem. Special Guest Frank Barbaro.
Social Bar and Grill, 795 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Fundraiser Suggested Donations $100-$2300
Gloria Steinem and Frank Barbaro are joining in a fundraiser for Steve Harrison in his race against Bush Republican Vito Fossella.
Frank Barbaro has already endorsed Steve. Here is an excerpt from the press release from that event:
Barbaro cites Iraq, universal healthcare, preserving social security and protecting worker rights as among the reasons for his support of Harrison.
â€œYour positions on these issues demonstrated a deep commitment to American Values set forth in our Constitution and to our core Democratic values.â€
Barbaro, whose public service career spans more than 50 years, also lauded Harrisonâ€™s community involvement. read more »
DFNYC's Merle McEldowney invites you to an event in support of Stephen Harrison, Candidate for US Congress.
January 17, 2008 â€“ 6 to 9 PM
2166 Broadway 16F
(between 76 & 77 streets)
On Thursday, January 17th, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 Merrle is having a party in my home to support and honor Steve Harrison, candidate for the US Congress in the 13th District. From her invitation:
I feel strongly about this race. Steve is a person who reflects all that I want to see in a representative. His values are consistently well thought out, and come from a fundamentally humane base. I think you will like him as much as I do.
As the Congressional representative for the 13th District, Steve will work to bring integrity and reform to Washington and get the representation that district deserves. In last year's race Steve nearly defeated Fosella in the district's closest election in decades. The New York Times, major unions, and our top Democratic leaders endorsed Steve. read more »