Source: Fossella To Seek Re-Election
By: NY1 News
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Despite calls for him to resign, it seems embattled Congressman Vito Fossella will be fighting to keep his seat on Capitol Hill in November.
A high-ranking Republican source on Staten Island told NY1 Saturday that Fossella plans to run for re-election. It would be his sixth term.
The source also told NY1 that Fossella is surprised some of his GOP colleagues in the borough are being mentioned as potential replacements should he step down.
Calls for Fossella's resignation have been growing ever since his drunk driving arrest and his admission that he fathered a daughter with his mistress in Virginia.
During a nine-minute apology on May 2nd for his arrest, Fossella begged forgiveness.
"I hope that in the coming weeks, my family, the residents of this great community will forgive this error and they will forgive me," he said.
Fossella had already started to campaign against Brooklyn Democrat Steve Harrison, who has also publicly called on Fossella to step down.
Some Republicans were pushing for a quick resolution, so they could find another candidate and fight to hang on to the only GOP congressional seat in the city, representing Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. Among those applying pressure was the House minority leader, who said publicly that Fossella was going to have some decisions to make by Monday.
Republicans came up with a short list of possible replacements for Fossella's seat -- including current District Attorney Dan Donovan.
A Fossella spokeswoman told NY1, "Congressman Fossella appreciates the support of so many people...but he has not made any decision yet. He continues to spend time with his family."
Fossella is spending the weekend in seclusion on Staten Island.