Campaign 2010

Sep 24, 2008

“Machiavellian Machinations” Get In The Way of Vito Doing His Job

As Vito Fossella engages in ‘Machiavellian machinations' to get his disgraced name back on the ballot, it's clear that he is not showing up to work or represent Staten Island and Brooklyn's best interests in Congress [Staten Island Advance, 9/24/08].  


"While Congressman Vito Fossella has spent his time playing political games to kick Bob Straniere off the ballot so he can run for Congress again, it must not be lost on Staten Island and Brooklyn families that in Congress, he's fallen down on the job," said Carrie James, regional press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "When he actually shows up to vote, which is no longer a given, Fossella has voted against middle class tax cuts, against drilling for oil to reduce gas prices and against a foreclosure bill that would help many families struggling in this bad economy.  With a voting record like this, it's better for Staten Island and Brooklyn that Vito does play hooky."


Vito has had a hard time showing up to work since the arrest...


  • Vito Fossella has missed nearly one in five votes since he was arrested for DWI on May 1, 2008. []

And When Vito Showed Up...

  • Voted AGAINST Middle Class Tax Relief. The Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008 which extends federal personal income tax deductions, which are set to expire, for state and local sales tax, tuition and other education expenses, and out-of-pocket expenses by teachers. This provision will provide tax relief for an estimated 40 million homeowners. The measure also creates an expansion of the refundable child tax credit to taxpayers earning $8,500 a year.[H R 6049, # 344].
  • AGAINST Drilling for Oil to Reduce Gas Prices. The Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act, which will compel the oil industry to start drilling on the 68 million acres which they are currently warehousing or be barred from receiving more federal drilling leases [H R 6251; roll call vote # 469].
  • AGAINST Property Tax Deduction for Homeowners. The American Housing Rescue & Foreclosure Prevention Act (H.R. 3221) represents Congress's most comprehensive response yet to addressing America's worsening mortgage crisis. [H R 3221, #519, 7/23/08]This property tax deduction will benefit nearly 30 million taxpayers, who do not itemize their federal income taxes. [Bloomberg; July 11, 2008]


And don't forget, more missed votes to come:


  • Vito Fossella will appear in court next month for having been arrested for drinking and driving. If he is found guilty, the state of Virginia has a

mandatory jail sentence of at least five days.  According to the breathalyzer test taken on the night he was arrested, Vito had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 - more than twice the legal limit in the state of Virginia (0.08). [Staten Island Advance, 5/3/08]