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September 15, 2008

Vito back on the ballot?

Things have gotten so bad for Staten Island Republicans that scandal-plagued Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) , who announced his retirement in May, is looking for a way to get back on the ballot as an Independent.

Per the NY Daily News:

Don't count out disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella just yet.

Four months after a DWI arrest and revelations about an out-of-wedlock child forced him to forgo a run for reelection this fall, the shamefaced Staten Island Republican is looking for a way back on the ballot.

"It's absolutely true," a source close to Fossella said of rumors that Fossella and his allies are quietly plotting his comeback.

Voters in the 13th Congressional District got polling calls about Fossella this weekend, the Staten Island Advance reported Sunday.

The new Republican nominee, former state Assemblyman Robert Straniere, faces long odds to hold Fossella’s seat given that he's loathed by leading Staten Island Republicans. He became the nominee after the Republicans’ original party-backed nominee, Frank Powers, abruptly died in June.