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Republican, New York (1997-present)
Update: April 14, 2009: Vito pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges and will now serve his mandatory sentence of five days in jail in suburban Virginia.
The Honorable Vito Fossella had a bad week. He ran a red light, was arrested for drunk driving, then we come to find out that he was involved in an extramarital affair. Oh, he also had a child from that affair.
Vito was arrested in the Virginia suburbs of Washington for allegedly drunk driving. Police said he ran a red light.
The woman who bailed him out was Laura Fay, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel who had worked for a time as a liaison officer in Congress. On May 8, 2008, Fossella admitted that he had fathered a three-year-old child with Fay.
No comment from Mrs. Fossella, the mother of his other three children.
Doug Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College, has already written Fossella's obituary: "He's politically dead. The only thing that hasn't happened is the autopsy report hasn't been written."
Update, May 21: Vito decided that he would not seek
reelection in November. Party leaders breathe a sigh of relief.
Update, Oct. 18: Vito is convicted of driving under the influence in Alexandria, Virginia, after an eight-hour trial. In a couple of days, the judge, Becky J. Moore, will decide whether he should go to jail.
Update, Dec. 9: Judge Becky J. Moore sentenced Vito to five days in the Alexandria, Virginia, Detention Center, starting December 19. Immediately, Vito's lawyer announced an appeal. Why? Well, of course, he's innocent and the software for the breath analyzer has got to be faulty. Any other reasons you got out there?
Source: Devlin Barrett, "NY Congressman Admits Child from Affair," AP, May 8, 2008; Tom Jackman, "NY Congressman Convicted of DUI," Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2008, B1. Raymond Hernandez, "Fossella to Serve 5 Days After Drunken Driving Plea," New York Times, April 14, 2009.