After the Conservative Party candidate dropped out of the race for Representative Vito Fossella’s seat, I asked the chairman of the state party if Fossella himself could make a late entry into the race.
“This opens the door for a candidate,” chairman Mike Long told me, before adding, “I have not had any conversations with Vito Fossella about this. There’s no strategy for Vito Fossella here.”
Fossella declined to seek re-election after admitting to having fathered a child out of wedlock with a woman in Virginia. The relationship between Fossella and the woman began unraveling when Fossella called her to bail him out of jail in May after being arrested on a D.W.I. charge near her house.
When I asked Long if he’d like to see Fossella re-enter the race on the Conservative Party line, Long responded by saying that Fossella’s decision to retire was the right one.
“I’m not going to comment on a hypothetical. I thought he made a good decision then and it’s a good decision now,” he said.