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Jan. 9, 2014, 12:28 p.m.

An ap­pear­ance by ex-Rep. Vito Fos­sella (R) at a 9/25 health-care for­um “has re­kindled spec­u­la­tion” that he may seek to chal­lenge Rep. Mi­chael McMa­hon (D).

For­um at­tendee Joe Ta­copino: “It looked like a bit of a setup, like people were giv­ing him a for­um to ad­dress people.” But atty Tom Sipp, an or­gan­izer of the non-par­tis­an for­um, said “there was no plan to have Fos­sella at­tend the event. He said Fos­sella spoke in re­sponse to an audi­ence ques­tion about the budget pro­cess.”

The re­cent spec­u­la­tion also has been stoked by Fos­sella’s ap­pear­ance at a fire­house on 9/11, “and at a parade hon­or­ing” the Staten Is­land Little League World Series team. Ru­mors “per­sist” that Fos­sella’s Uncle Frank and his fath­er, Vito Sr. — the “mas­ter cyl­in­ders” of Fos­sella’s “ma­chine” — “have nev­er giv­en up hope” of re­gain­ing the seat. One ob­serv­er: “I hear Vito Sr. is telling people, ‘Keep your powder dry.’ There’s only one trans­la­tion of that.”

But “ques­tions re­main” over wheth­er the memory of the drunk-driv­ing/child out of wed­lock scan­dal “re­mains too fresh.” Still, Ta­copino said the for­um audi­ence of around 100, “with a good num­ber of seni­or cit­izens in­cluded,” was “very sup­port­ive” of Fos­sella.

Busi­ness­man Mike Al­legretti (R) is already in the race (Wrob­leski, Staten Is­land Ad­vance, 9/29).


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