A timeline of the events since May 1, 12:15AM when Rep. Vito Fossella was arrested for DWI in Alexandira, VA.
Created by vinofossella on May 15, 2008
Last updated: 05/22/08 at 08:42 PM
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Fossella to appear in court for DWI arrest.
"After a great deal of consideration, I have made the decision not to seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives this November. This choice was an extremely difficult one, balanced between my dedication to service to our great nation and the need to concentrate on healing the wounds that I have caused to my wife and family."
Rep. Fossella marched in the Memorial Day Parade in Fresh Kills
Fossella makes an appearance at the Conservative Party dinner event
"At some point between August 2007 and January 29 of this year, all references to Rep. Vito Fossella’s (R., N.Y.) wife and children suddenly disappeared from his congressional website. Few people noticed the change, but it was a sign of things to come."
Borough President James Molinaro says "At the end of the day, he doesn't run."
The Daily News reports that Fossella hugged Laura Fay when he was released from jail and told her "Honey, we'll get through this."
Al D'Amato tells NY1 "He's not going to resign. He's either going to seek re-election [or not run]."
Scott Palmer, former chief-of-staff to Speaker Hastert has "acknowledged long-standing concerns about the illicit affair".
The Daily News reports that Fossella took additional fact-finding trips by himself to Cuba and Bermuda in 2002 as well as Italy in 2004.
Daily News first reports that Fossella's trip to La Hague, France in January 2003 costs tax payers $6,900 and happened simultaneously as a personally funded trip he took to France. Fossella traveled alone on the fact-finding trip, which is highly uncommon. If it is discovered that Fossella was there not entirely for business he could be forced to repay tax payers for the cost of the trip. At the time of his trip Laura Fay was the top Air Force legislative liaison officer who would often travel with Congressional delegations.
Vito Fossella skipped the House session today. Instead he was back in Staten Island. "He was working. He was doing his job."
Vito Fossella waived his first court hearing that would have taken place today. His court date is set for June 27.
Daily News published first photos of Fossella and Fay together from a taxpayer-funded congressional junket to Europe in 2002. This is the first indication that the relationship started in 2002, a year before the 2003 junket to Europe both attended.
Vito Fossella hires defense lawyer from law firm known for defending Enron executives.
Vito Fossella waived his right for a preliminary hearing and scheduled a trial date. Vito Fossella's court date is set for June 27.
11:00 AM Vito Fossella releases a statement; “I have had a relationship with Laura Fay, with whom I have a three year old daughter. "My personal failings and imperfections have caused enormous pain to the people I love and I am truly sorry. "While I understand that there will be many questions, including those about my political future, making any political decisions right now are furthest from my mind. “Over the coming weeks and months, I will to continue to do my job and I will work hard to heal the deep wounds I have caused.”
House Minority Leader Rep. Boehner makes his first public statement, "I think Mr. Fossella is going to have some decisions to make over the weekend. And I would hope that, and frankly, expect that this is a decision between he, his family, and his constituents,"
The Republican Party commissions polling that started as early as today to find potential nominees for Fossella's seat.
The National Republican Congressional Committee distances itself from Fossella and refuses to indicate if they endorse him for re-election.
Daily News indicates that Fossella told police he was going to Grimm St., where Fay also lives.
Fossella returns to work for first time since arrest.
Daily News reports that Fossella and his friend were asked to leave Logan Tavern after being cut off from drinking;
* Waiter Josh Hahn says "I can't imagine him [Fossella] getting into a car. They were [both] incapable of driving."
* notes that Fossella came into the Logan Tavern bar at 10PM on Wednesday, April 30.
NY Post reports that Fossella's wife did not accompany him to the 2003 trip to Europe that Fay also attended.
Staten Island Advance asks first direct question about Fossella fathering Fay's child. When asked whether Fay's 3-year-old was the same girl Fossella had to take to the hospital, his spokeswoman declined to comment;
"That is a demeaning and highly inappropriate question that does not deserve an answer," said Susan Del Percio.
Daily News reports Fossella was only one of two members of Congress whose spouses were not listed as attendees at the dinner in Europe.
Republican officials stand by Fossella;
"Until you see something worse [than DWI] and he resigns, he's going to be the candidate," said a Republican operative in Washington. "At this point in the game, a wounded incumbent is better than a no-name candidate."
Susan Del Percio admits to being paid by Fossella's campaign funds for Crisis Management Consultation.
Staten Island Advance starts asking questions about father of Fay's child.
First time Laura Fay is mentioned, in the Daily News.
Fossella tells officers he had "two or three glasses of wine about two hours earlier".
We find out where Fossella was arrested and that Alexandria Police Officer Jamie Gernatt saw him run a red light at the corner of Seminary Road and Library Lane, in front of a Francis C. Hammond Middle School middle school.
The New York Times first notes he told police he was on his way to pick up his daughter who needed to go to the hospital. Additonally the article reports he fails several sobriety tests including;
* blowing a .133 on a field BAC device
* when asked to recite alphabet D to T he responds by starting with "A" then corrects himself with “D, E, F, H, G, H, I, J, L,” and then fails to finish
* when asked to walk nine steps heel to toe and turn, he sways
Daily News breaks first story about Laura Fay;
* makes first connection to the proximity of her house to where he was arrested, 3 miles away
* asks first question about potential romantic relationship between Fossella and Fay
* connects Fossella and Fay to a July 2003 trip to Europe
* also reports that Fossella "lied" about needing to pick up sick daughter
Craig Donnor is first asked about sick daughter comment to which he replies, “Because these questions deal with the particulars of the legal case, I’m not able to talk about them.”
Fossella's arrest might now trigger a House Ethics Committee investigation.
1:00 PM Vito Fossella holds his first press conference. He admits to an "error in judgment". He also admits he was pulled over after dinner with friends in town for the Giants' White House celebration for winning the Super Bowl.
We first find out that Vito Fossella had a .17 BAC, while the legal limit is .08.
It would take approximately 11 glasses of wine over two hours for a 200 lbs. male to have a .17 BAC.
Then the Brooklyn Paper reports that Fossella had a BAC of .17 two hours after his arrest.
Vito Fossella releases his first statement; “Last night I made an error in judgment. As a parent, I know that taking even one drink of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car is wrong. I apologize to my family and the constituents of the 13th Congressional District for embarrassing them, as well as myself.”
~2:00 AM Vito Fossella has a .17 blood alcohol concentration level.
7:39 AM Vito Fossella calls and is released into the custody of Laura Fay.
12:15 AM Vito Fossella is pulled over for running a red light and arrested in Alexandria, Virginia. Officers smell alcohol and see his mouth is visibly discolored red. Vito Fossella fails numerous field sobriety tests. Fossella reportedly "lies" to police about needing to get to his sick daughter.
1:56 PM Washington Post breaks news of the arrest.
10:00 PM enters Logan Circle Bar with friend "Brian". After Brian passes out at the bar, bathroom and then falls and breaks a table they are asked to leave. The waiter hails them a cab and eye witnesses see them decide to not get in and walk away.