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.
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