One day after Staten Island Republicans nominated Vito Fossella to run for the Congressional seat he gave up in 2008—after it was revealed that the married lawmaker fathered a child with a woman in Virginia—State Senator Marty Golden said “family” is always a factor in an election.
After a press conference about the opening of a new science lab in Brooklyn, Golden was asked by reporters whether voters should take into consideration Fossella’s embarrassing personal life: a DUI arrest in Virginia and the subsequent revelation that he had fathered a child there.
“You always factor in family. Family is very important to me, it’s very important to you and to everybody, I believe,” Golden said.
When asked why he thought the Staten Island evecutive committee nominated Fossella, who has not publicly said he wants to run, Golden—who is backing another candidate in the race—said he didn’t know. “Some people may have felt they owed him some type of favor here,” he speculated. “Think about it, he was a good congressman.”
Michael Bloomberg side-stepped a few questions about Fossella’s prospective nomination, saying he hasn’t heard from Fossella about wanting to run.