Some Republicans think former State Sen. Richard LaRossa is preparing for another political comeback bid, this time as a candidate for State Assembly in the 15th district against Democratic incumbents Bonnie Watson Coleman and Reed Gusciora. This week, LaRossa announced that he was filing an ethics complaint against Gusciora for sending out a political press release attacking GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin from his legislative office. He also came to the aid of Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose after a Democratic staffer questioned her intellectual capacity.
LaRossa held the 15th district Senate seat for six years. His surprise victory over incumbent Gerald Stockman in 1991 (the Florio tax hike year) was perhaps the biggest upset of many that cycle. He held the seat in a rematch with Stockman in 1993, but lost it four years later to Shirley Turner. LaRossa, who sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 1996 (he lost the primary to Dick Zimmer), has subsequently lost races for Mayor of Ewing in 1998 and 2002.