Fossella eulogizes would-be successor

June 28, 2008 8:02:04 PM PDT
Disgraced Staten Island Rep. Vito Fossella has eulogized his party's pick to replace him. Speaking Friday at Frank Powers' funeral, Fossella said his potential successor had given him words of encouragement, telling him, "Everything will be OK."

The 67-year-old Powers died June 22, three weeks after the Republican Party endorsed him for Fossella's seat.

Fossella announced last month that he wouldn't seek re-election. His decision came after a drunken-driving arrest and the revelation that he had fathered a child outside his marriage.

Powers' death has left Republicans looking for a candidate to try to hold their lone seat in New York City's congressional delegation.

Powers was a retired Wall Street executive.

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