Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY-13), who was arrested in Alexandria, Virginia, one week ago for drunk driving, admitted today that he had an extra-marital affair that resulted in the birth of a daughter. The child is now three years old.
Fossella has a lengthy record as an anti-gay Republican Member of Congress, scoring "zero" on the Human Rights Campaign's Congressional Scorecard for the last three sessions. He voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment twice, in 2004 and 2006. The Amendment would alter the United States Constitution to prohibit any governmental recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships.
The affair came to light when Fossella was pulled over for running a red light and then told Alexandria police officers that "his daughter was sick and needed to go to the hospital". Fossella's wife and his children with her live in Staten Island, New York.
According to the New York Daily News, Fossella and a friend of his were thrown out of Logan Tavern, a D.C. watering hole three blocks from the city's gay club district, earlier that evening after the friend passed out repeatedly and then belly-flopped onto a table.
For only $9.95, they could have gotten Logan Tavern's Grilled Burger (9 oz) w. Hand Cut Fries -Add Cheese, Bacon, Sauteed Onions & Mushrooms or Avocado $.75. Filling and arrest-forestalling.