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Monday, July 03, 2006

Yep, foot right up his own ass.

Ben Smith nails it.

Fossella's spending could have put him in real political peril - if only Democrats had nominated a strong, well-known challenger to the five-term incumbent. After several Staten Island elected officials chose not to take on Fossella, Brooklyn City Councilman Bill de Blasio publicly mulled the race. But de Blasio finally said no, leaving the campaign to a lesser-known party stalwart, Brooklyn lawyer Stephen Harrison.

"De Blasio must be kicking himself" since The News' series on Fossella, one Democrat said.

He's referring to the revelation that:

Since 2000, Fossella, who served as Republican chairman of Mayor Bloomberg's reelection effort last year, has spent $53,142 in campaign funds on trips to luxury resorts in Las Vegas, Colorado and Florida, often with his wife and children in tow.

During some of the trips, Fossella spent campaign money on personal items such as ski schools and lift tickets, expenses that are prohibited.

Bill de Blasio could have taken the guy. The fact that he backed out because the race was too risky at the time made me lose respect for him.

(Link to the older Daily News story via NY-13.)


  • At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Gatemouth said…

    DeBlasio didn't wimp out; he came to his senses. Staten Islanders won't vote for a Brooklynite for what they regard as their seat; especially one from Park Slope who represents not one block of the district. The ones who wimped out were McMahon, Savino, Cusick and O'Donovan, all staten Islander who would've had a shot.

  • At 2:08 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Point taken. We wouldn't want a candidate running in a district he only just moved into just because he can raise assloads of money. [cough]Yassky.[/cough]


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