Skip to comments.GOP is criticized for campaign of Mafia metaphors
Posted on 06/29/2005 10:32:25 PM PDT by Coleus
Republicans' liberal use of Mafia metaphors has angered some Italian-American activists who weighed in on the contentious campaign for the governor's office Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester enjoyed some unexpected praise from environmental leaders who are at odds with his Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, over preservation of a Delaware River island.
The Italian-American activists gathered in Trenton to demand an apology from top Republicans, who have repeatedly compared Corzine and his allies to mobsters in an effort to underscore his links to the party's most controversial figures.
"To actually have a party organization that uses this as a playbook ... is disgraceful," said Robert Bianchi, president of the state chapter of the Italian-American Bar Association. "A lot of times, Italian-Americans have just accepted these insults as a punching bag, and I'm not going to do that."
Republicans have not said anything about Italian-Americans in general, but party Chairman Tom Wilson has on several occasions referred to "La Cosa Nostra," another name for the Italian Mafia, and called Corzine and other Democrats "capos," or mob chiefs. Bianchi said that perpetuates negative images of Italian-Americans to the exclusion of more laudable figures such as explorer Christopher Columbus and continental namesake Amerigo Vespucci.
Manny Alfano, who heads an organization called the Italian-American One Voice Coalition, wrote a letter to Wilson decrying the "cheap effort to taint the electoral process." Alfano was one of several critics who pushed Corzine to apologize for two jokes he reportedly made about Italian-Americans during the 2000 Senate campaign.
A call to Wilson on Tuesday was returned by two Italian-American Republicans, former acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, who explained that Wilson meant no offense.
Earlier, several environmental leaders appeared with Forrester in Trenton to applaud the Republican's stance in favor of preserving a 300-acre island in the Delaware River near Camden. State and local officials have agreed on a plan to develop housing and a golf course on Petty's Island, but environmentalists say the state should accept owner Citgo Corp.'s offer to donate it as open space.
Corzine said in a statement Tuesday that it remains unclear whether the redevelopment plan is up to environmental and economic standards. However, he said the oil company's donation offer should be viewed "very skeptically" given pollution problems on the island, which is home to a pair of bald eagles.
so all mobsters are Italian?
Well, when the shoe fits....
Maybe they should start using the Swahili Mafia metaphors.
This is Democrap Gumba BS.. Give me a break, a few Hollywood words are no substitute for a real slap in the face, like being called a metrosexual.. Bada bing .. :)
well you have the Russian Mafia, Sicilian... ya know not really exclusive to Italy.
I know. I was just being facetious to the content of the complaints, by the people in the article.
Cuomo is a "mean son of a bitch" who "acts like"a Mafioso."--Bill Clinton
Didn't Bubba apologize to Mario, for those comments, while claiming that he didn't say them in the first place?
LOL Exactly. I didn't say it, and I apologize for it.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Your supposed to say, if I told ya I'd have to kill ya. :D
Is that you, Mr. Gotti ? ;-)
Nope, but close.
Meyer Lansky, yeah, now that's an Italian name if I ever heard one. :-D
Oscar Meyer Lanski (note the "i") had his name changed on Ellis Island.
It seems the dems aren't real happy with the truth being spoken in spite of the fact that they constantly accuse Pubbies of "Lying." Rather amusing actually.
Little known fact: The word "mafia" is actually derived from an Arabic word.
His original name was Maier Suchowljansky, born a Polish Jew (though many in "the business" considered him "paisan").
It's an oldschool name with plenty of notoriety in the NYC are a well into the 1980s and 1990s - one of the region's crime families still bears the family surname.
See, you know what I'm talking about! ;-)
Yep - Sicilian (the dialect/language most identified with the Italian Mob) is a mishmash of Italian, Greek, Maltese, and Arabic, and probably some other influences from the region.
I knew some of those characters and know how they act. :D
That's the line that many believe. There's also a story about it being an acronym. Apparently someone traced it back to arabic that translates from "bold men." Something about being hired to fight off arab invaders.
Bonnano ? Genovese ? Lucchese ?
That's so Gay.
I like the language of the oldschool Italian Mob - refering tko their enterprise as 'Cosa Nostra,' literally 'Our Thing,' as in 'the man has his thing, and we have our thing.' Kinda cool, if you ask me.
People also don't know much about the history of the mob in NY and in the states. What started in some respects as legitimate protection from gangs from other neighborhoods, crooks, etc, quickly (and naturally) evolved into 'protection from us!' From there, some 'victimless crimes' like booze and prostitution seemed natural, and it degenerated from there.
Still, mob life isn't nearly as violent as media suggests. while getting roughed up here and there happens, I recall reading that there is something like only 300-400 Italian mob-related hits in the USA in the 20th Century. While people on the outside like the concept of 'whacking' people, the truth is that it was relatively rare, mostly because it was just bad business.
Not that I would know much about this kind of stuff...
lol, I was friends with this guy is HS and his family/extended family were strange. Leave it at that.
One of the great Italian American writers. Too bad nobody reads him anymore...like Puzo, they only know him for the Godfather, which was only a so-so book -- but he also wrote one of the great immigrant books of the twentieth century -- Fortune Pilgram, which I'd put up there with any other immigrant book.
That's a good kinda strange, if you ask me. Honestly, I never understood that exagerated outrage italian americans have. It's part of our cultural heritage, it's not an indictment of any italian in particular.
And it's sexy and dangerous - like I said, if I were to sit down and write myself a sterotype, it would look a lot like the Italian/Gangster one. ;-)
Every immigrant group gets its turn at crime, just like they get their turn at sports and entertainment. And, I might add, contributing something along the lines of food to the American appetite.
Exactamundo, as the Fonz (another great fictional Italian-American) would say! ;-)
have you ever heard the "Jerky Boys"? I like the pranks they do with the character Frank Rizzo, they are hilarious! :D "This is Frank, FRank RIzzo! Open your ears wacky a*S!" :D cracks me up every time :D
...and then they move out to the 'burbs, the kids wear Polo and grow soft.
Hey, I'm 1/4th Welsh. When is it gonna be OUR time ? ;-)
...yo...howze you doin'...?
Welsh? Tough one. If you have any Irish in you, well, they already had their time.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.