Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., appears smarter than some of his fellow congressional conservatives. He may have voted against children’s health insurance. But he’s not going out of his way — writing op-eds or sending blast emails — to let his constituents know about it.
It would be dicey if he did. He’s been elected six times, but with decreasing margins of victory. In 2006, he won with his lowest vote total yet, despite outspending his opponent 15-1.
He also has a history of keeping his constituents in the dark.