2008_12_vitoblom.jpgRep. Vito Fossella, NYC's lone Republican Congressional member, had a farewell brunch with about a thousand people, including Mayor Bloomberg. Fossella decided not to run for re-election this year when a Virginia DWI led to the revelation Fossella had a child with woman who was not his wife. While he said yesterday he had "no plans to run, no plans to run whatsoever" in the future, the NY Times reports, "it seemed Mr. Fossella was priming his supporters, quite publicly, to back him again...[He] warmly greeted attendees — hugs and handshakes for the men, kisses on the cheek for the women." A notable no-show was Fossella's wife Mary Pat; Fossella was also without his wedding ring.