Ha! Disgraced former Congressman Vito Fossella has told the Staten Island GOP—which, much to the surprise of its members, endorsed him to run for his old seat this fall—that he will not run for office. He also held a press conference outside his Manhattan office today, "I'm where I need to be, where I want to be," though he's "humbled and honored" by the endorsement, "As a result... I will not seek election to Congress this year."
Staten Island GOP party chair John Friscia said last week, "It is my firm belief that he [Fossella] is the strongest candidate we can field," though he admitted he wasn't sure if Fossella would run. The Daily News points out, "His local fans aside, national Republican operatives were distressed at the prospect that the scandal-scarred Fossella would be a candidate in a year the GOP has hopes of retaking the House."
Now the question is whether the SI GOP will nominate one of the other non-Fossella candidates—Michael Allegretti or Michael Grimm—to run against Democrat Rep. Michael McMahon.