Dear Congressman Fossella:
In light of the serious controversy you are experiencing, I would like to clearly point out something that has been overlooked that you deserve to be credited for, and that is the fact that you supported Retired Air Force Col Fay’s decision to allow her baby to live, and that you have been involved in your child’s life.
All too often, men in power expect and pressure women to terminate their unborn children’s lives in order to spare them the embarrassment of the scrutiny of an extra-marital affair. Your concern and care for your child was apparently the prompting cause for the events that led to the arrest and public scrutiny of your life that followed.
Below is a link to an article in City Hall News positioning Steve Harrison as the Candidate of the people and Recchia as the machine candidate in a potential primary for the right to unseat Vito Fossella, the only Republican representing NYC in the house.
For those of you not familiar with the 13th Congressional District (Staten Island, Bay Ridge) race, Harrison received a higher percentage of the vote than any other Democrat since the district was gerrymandered to be Republican, including Staten Island elected officials, despite being out raised 13-1 (although the 130k raised from April 06 until election day was the third most by any Democratic candidate for this seat).
Granted, it would have been difficult to understand where each of your congressional representatives stood on raising their own pay a couple weeks back because ... ummm ... well ... apparently, so many of them simply didn't want you to bother with such minutia.
Gettin' All Procedural On Us.
In order to have an up or down vote on their salary increases, members would have first had to vote "no" on this Previous Question. And with a defeat of the Previous Question, Utah Congressman Jim Matheson would have then been able to offer an amendment suspending Congress's automatic pay increases - an amendment, btw, that Congressman Matheson has introduced for the past six years.