Sunday, June 22, 2008

Just In Case the GOP Needed Any More Problems: Fossella Replacement Dies

He really looked the picture of health.
Frank Powers, the wealthy Wall Street retiree tapped to run for disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella's congressional seat, died today - sending shock waves through the already reeling state GOP.

News of Powers' fatal heart attack had many party insiders wondering if Fossella would change his mind and run again - but he quickly moved to quash the speculation.

"Congressman Fossella will not be seeking re-election," said a Fossella aide.

Powers, a 68-year-old MTA board member, philanthropist and father of seven, died at home early today, relatives said.

His wife, Diane Powers, the Staten Island GOP party treasurer, found him in bed and unsuccessfully tried to revive him, police said.

Brian Powers, 23, flanked by several of his siblings, read a statement on the steps of the family home in Todt Hill, thanking people for their support and asking for prayers for his father.
Well, we still have our darkhorse candidate.

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