UPDATE: Congressman convicted.
ORIGINAL POST: It started as a routine traffic stop, after a white Honda Civic zipped through a stoplight on Seminary Road in Alexandria one morning in May. But it became the drunken driving arrest heard ’round the world after the driver turned out to be a New York congressman on his way to visit his mistress and their 3-year-old love child.
So began the extreme fall from grace of Rep. Vito J. Fossella (R-N.Y.), who had a wife and three children on Staten Island and a once-promising political career. Whatever the outcome of his trial in Alexandria General District Court, set for this morning, that career has come to a screeching halt. Fossella, 43, is not running for reelection because of the ensuing scandal.