| This is just getting ridiculous.
With the decision of former Assemblyman Matthew Mirones not to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Vito Fossella, the Staten Island Advance reported that the GOP would likely fall back on NY1 broadcaster Lisa Giovinazzo as their next best option. Giovinazzo, as you may recall, ran for the GOP endorsement against the late Frank Powers last month but lost the party's vote to the self-funding Powers.
Well, the New York Times reports that Staten Republicans can count her out:
Party leaders on Staten Island said they were looking seriously at a number of potential candidates. [...] They had also considered Lisa Giovinazzo, a lawyer and part-time anchor at the cable channel NY1 News. But on Wednesday, Ms. Giovinazzo said she would not be a candidate.
How many times can the GOP be snubbed here? Donovan, Lanza, Fiala, Oddo, Friscia, Mirones, Giovinazzo and even Fossella himself -- that's getting to be quite the list.
So who's next for the GOP? By my estimation, they have two apparent choices: cross-endorsing Paul Atanasio, the nominee of Brooklyn's Conservative Party, or cross-endorsing health care executive Carmine Morano, who is running on the Independence Party line. The Times has the straight dope on Atanasio:
Mr. Atanasio resigned under fire from the board of the city's School Construction Authority in 1999. He had been accused of nepotism by city and state investigators after an investigation into a construction accident at a Brooklyn elementary school in which a girl was killed by a falling brick. According to the investigators, Mr. Atanasio helped his secretary's husband, who had little construction experience, secure a job as project overseer.
Or the GOP could just give up and not field any candidate. Just a suggestion.