DeBlasio: DCCC “Excited”

Evidently, the Brooklyn Council Member really is taking a hard look at challenging Vito Fossella for Congress on Staten Island.

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has expressed excitement about my potential candidacy, and local activists in the 13th district and in our neighborhood are encouraging me to enter the race,” he writes.

Full email after the jump.

Dear Friends,

As many of you have heard, leaders in the Democratic Party have asked me to run to unseat Republican Vito Fossella in the 13th Congressional district, which includes the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Gravesend neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has expressed excitement about my potential candidacy, and local activists in the 13th district and in our neighborhood are encouraging me to enter the race.

Because I believe this is a critical time to have Democratic leadership we can trust in Washington, I am taking a serious look at this race. I share the views of so many of you who feel that our nation’s Republican leadership, which is at best incompetent and at worst corrupt, is taking our country in the wrong direction. Mr. Fossella has an egregious record of siding with George Bush, Dick Cheney and Tom DeLay against the interests of New York’s working families.

Our country needs more Democratic leadership in Washington. The encouraging news is that every poll shows 2006 is shaping up to be a strong year for Democratic congressional candidates

In the coming days, I look forward to speaking to many of you as I consider my candidacy. I value your opinion. Please don’t hesitate to write back and share your thoughts with me. If I do enter the race, I hope I will have your support.

–Bill