05/27/2010 02:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Vito Fossella Bows Out Of Race (VIDEO)

Disgraced ex-congressman Vito Fossella has bowed out of the race for his old seat.

Despite winning the endorsement of the Staten Island Republican Party, Fossella told waiting news crews that he enjoys the private sector and the freedom that comes with it and won't be throwing his hat in the ring after all.

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