Many city Democrats are heading out to Denver in the next few days, but not Mike McMahon.
A spokesman for the councilman from Staten Island, who is the party and New York Times-backed candidate in the 13th District Congressional race, said he’ll be campaigning in the district instead.
McMahon’s chances in the race look Read More
Here’s a little more evidence of how frenzied things are getting in Staten Island, now that Representative Vito Fossella’s seat might be up for grabs in the fall.
Yesterday I reported that, according to Independence Party state executive committee member Frank Morano, the I.P. is interviewing candidates for Fossella’s seat on May 25. Read More
The jockeying to run for Republican Vito Fossella’s suddenly winnable congressional seat has opened a bit of a rift between Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats.
The seat is mostly in Staten Island, but for years, Democratic elected officials there have taken a pass at challenging Fossella since that would have meant giving up their Read More
The Staten Island chapter of the Independence Party, which supported recently arrested Republican Congressman Vito Fossella in 2006, is interviewing “all prospective candidates” who want to seek their endorsement this year.
Interviews will take place on May 25, according to Frank Morano, an executive committee member of the New York State Independence Party.
Morano Read More
Last week I reported that an endorsement vote at a Democratic Club in Bay Ridge was split evenly between Vito Fossella’s two official Democratic challengers, Domenic Recchia and Steve Harrison.
The president of Brooklyn Democrats for Change, Peter Carroll, emailed me over the weekend to say that because of the 25-25 tie, the Read More
The Brooklyn Democrats for Change, a reform club in Bay Ridge, held their endorsement meeting last night to decide which Democrat to endorse against Republican Vito Fossella.
The club’s decision was an even split.
According to a political operative who attended the meeting but is not actively working for either campaign, there were 25 Read More
One of Vito Fossella’s Democratic challengers, Steve Harrison, just released a public statement saying that if Fossella runs for reelection, “The people will decide in November if his recent behavior and revelations should disqualify him from continuing in office.”
It’s a slightly different approach than Harrison took yesterday, when he told me Fossella’s Read More
Vito Fossella’s spokespeople won’t say whether he’ll run for reelection, according to an item in Crain’s today.
“Politics is not what he’s focused on now,” Susan Del Percio–Fossella’s political consultant–is quoted as saying. “He’s focused on doing his job.”
The Republican congressman’s D.U.I. arrest in Virginia last week has led to greater scrutiny Read More
Unlike Councilman Domenic Recchia, Democrat Stephen Harrison isn’t hesitating to talk about the arrest of Republican Congressman Vito Fossella..
“I would like to have this race decided by the issues, like the war, health care, the economy, jobs, things of that nature–all of which are important. But now we’re involved in this very Read More
Congressman Vito Fossella’s recent arrest for driving drunk has Democrats thinking they might get a better chance at taking the only congressional seat in the city held by a Republican. (The district includes Staten Island and part of Brooklyn).
But the better-funded of his prospective Democratic opponents, Councilman Domenic Recchia, isn’t Read More