Being from New York, this one kinda hits home for me -- even though I'm from Long Island, not Staten Island. Congressman Vito Fossella (
D R- NY) has landed himself in big, big trouble. Not only was he picked up on a DUI charge in Virginia, but a sex scandal seems to be emerging as the details start coming out. Fossella, who was driving at 2x the legal limit, has given conflicting accounts about where he was going when he got pinched. First, he claimed to be picking his sick daughter at her house. The only problem is that the address he gave officers was that of retired Lt. Col. Laura Fay, who ended up retrieving him from the police station.
It gets worse. From the WaPo:
Fossella was specific with the arresting officer about where he was headed. He gave a street name where he said he was picking up his daughter. That street, it turns out, is the same street where retired Lt. Col. Laura Fay lives with her three-year-old daughter. Fay, according to the New York Daily News, picked up Fossella from the police station.
When asked by the Daily News earlier this week whether Fossella fathered Fay's daughter, Fossella's crisis communications consultant, Susan Del Percio, declined to answer. "This is a demeaning and highly inappropriate question," she said.
If it weren't true, why not just deny it?
You may be asking yourself: Why does this matter to me? Well, it just so happens that Fossella occupies a hotly contested seat that could very well go blue this year.
I sympathize with the drunk-driving adulterer, but it doesn't seem likely he'll be able to defend his seat this year.
UPDATE: Turns out that Fossella has admitted to being the baby daddy.