2008_05_fossellacat.jpgMary Pat Fossella has made her first public words after her Congressman husband's DWI arrest and admission about an extramarital affair and love child. She sent an e-mail to the Post:

This has been a very painful time for my family and I. I have known Vito since I was 16 years old and this is not what I envisioned for him and my family. I had no idea of this world he was living. I am very saddened by how the world I was living unraveled before my eyes and everyone else's. My focus will continue to be on (my) three children.

Fossella's decision not to run for re-election has sparked a "scramble" for his seat and the possible contenders are various middle-aged men and maybe one woman. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, a Republican, looks like a frontrunner, though.

Photograph of Vito Fossella visited a cat shelter from his House website