Vito Fossella’s office just released this statement from the congressman:
"My personal failings and imperfections have caused enormous pain to the people I love and I am truly sorry.
"While I understand that there will be many questions, including those about my political future, making any political decisions right now are furthest from my mind.
The statement does not say whether he will seek reelection.
UPDATE: Michael Long, chair of the State Conservative Party, who learned of Fossella’s confession from my inquiry, said, "I think it’s rather damaging."
Long would not say if he or the party–which has endorsed Fossella in each of his City Council and congressional races–would support him for another race, or ask him to step down: "I think I’m going to reserve comments until I speak to him."
If a congressional vacancy were to occur before July 1, the governor could call a special election, I’m told.
UPDATE II: A spokesman for Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, who reportedly has already fielded a phone call about the race from Al D’Amato, when reached for comment, said, "This is a tragic time for the congressman and his family on Staten Island. Any comment beyond that would be inappropriate."
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