Vito Fossella is the political comeback kid who easily wins the race for Staten Island’s city president on Tuesday – more than a decade after the scandal derailed his career.
The seven-time Republican congressman chose not to seek re-election to his seat in 2008 after a drunk driving bust in Virginia revealed he was quietly holding another family.
But that’s apparently all in the past. Fossella reconciled with his wife, Mary Pat, and voters in the city’s most conservative district also gave him another chance.
With the help of a crucial endorsement from former President Donald Trump, Fossella narrowly defeated Councilman Steve Matteo in the June Republican primary.
Fossella defeated Democratic lawyer Mark Murphy and Leticia Remauro, the Conservative Party’s candidate.
With more than 80 percent of the vote in, Fossella rallied almost two-to-one with 60 percent or 17,268 votes against 31 percent or 8,993 votes for Murphy. Remauro received 2,239 votes or 7 percent.
Murphy is the son of ex-Rep. John Murphy, who was convicted in the infamous Abscam stabbing operation in the 1970s.
Remauro is the former president of the Republican Party on the island, and analysts wondered if she would get enough votes from the well-known Fossella to play spoiler and tip the race for Murphy.