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Vito Fossella: Back in the House someday?

Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., exits the Alexandria General Court after his sentencing in Alexandria, Va., in 2008 to five days in jail for drunken driving. (Jacquelyn Martin/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

When last we saw him, back in May 2008, former representative Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) was on the House floor, announcing he was not running for another term.

This came after a bizarre, late-night, drunk-driving arrest in Alexandria — after which we learned he had fathered a three-year-old girl with a woman not his wife. His political career was over, the pundits said.

Not so fast.

We called the other day to see how he’s doing. The former five-term lawmaker from Staten Island, we’re happy to report, says he’s doing very well, thank you.

He’s a managing director at huge Loop Fan and former senator Alfonse D’Amato’s Park Strategies lobby shop in Manhatttan. (Said to be one of the fastest-growing lobby outfits in the state.)

And he even remains so popular with fellow Islanders that the Staten Island Advance recently talked about Fossella jumping into the race — the primary is in June — for his old seat should the incumbent, Rep. Michael Grimm (R), falter as a result of allegations of illegal campaign contributions.

Alas, Fossella dashed our hopes — but only for now.

“Not never,” he told us, “just not right now.” Maybe “down the road if anything were to change,” he added . . . “when opportunities present themselves. . . I wouldn’t shut the door.”

As for his Staten Island family — wife and three kids — he wouldn’t directly answer whether he and his wife are still together but said “everyone who is important to me is okay and that is what matters most.” He also declined to discuss the “other woman” and their daughter.

[If you’re wondering how other erstwhile newsmakers are doing these days, send us your suggestions: You can either use the comments section on our blog at or tweet us @InTheLoopWP or e-mail us at:]

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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