By Rafael Martínez Alequín
Councilman Vincent J. Gentile, in a video interview today stated that he is considering running for the Congressional seat soon to be vacated by disgraced Congressman Vito Fossella.
Council person Gentile a former state senator, who represents both Brooklyn and Staten Island said: “I am the only Democrat that can win the congressional seat. The people of Staten Island know me since I represented them in the state senate.”
In the local media as well as the political arena, his name is seldom mentioned as a potential candidate for congress. The potential Democrat candidates are, Brooklyn Councilman Dominic Recchia, who already has a war chest of $325,000. Council person Democrat Michael McMahon,who has represented Northern Staten Island since 2002, and state assemblyman Michael Cusick. Also, Stephen Harrison, a lawyer from Brooklyn who ran against Congressman Fossella two years ago.
Among the republicans being mentioned is Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan and state senator Andrew J. Lanza. Donovan has withdrawn his name as of this writing.
The republicans have been defeated three times this year in special congressional elections in republican districts, most recently last week in a republican district in Mississippi.