Sad Update to NY13


Just FYI. Remember that post about the New York congressional seat that is being vacated by the super-disgraced Republican congressman Vito Fossella? The one where the Republican candidate was being challenged by his son, a carpenter, punk rocker, and libertarian, who admitted he was in the race because he didn’t want his dad to win?

Well, the father, a guy named Frank Powers, died of a heart attack on Sunday morning. Sad for the Powers family, and yet another bizarre turn for the district. Powers was settled upon by the Republican Party after other, more attractive candidates all declined to run.

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