Skip to comments.NIAF TO HOST ITALIAN AMERICAN RALLY FOR JUDGE ALITO IN N.J.
Posted on 01/05/2006 10:21:38 PM PST by Coleus
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Because I don't think in hyphenated American, I overlooked this huge voting segment. This endorsement can't hurt.
Now if the Italian Anti-Defamation League (founded by Joe Columbo) endorsed him, then it would be cause for worry.
Amazing that the Supremes will have two Italian-Americans from Trenton on the bench. Also makes for a Catholic majority (five).
Makes you proud to be an eye-talian!
There was a large, vital Italian-American community in Jersey City. My brother-in-law's family came from there. Guess it's still kicking!
Thanks for posting this. Much as I don't usually indulge in tallying up "our" famous people, this does make me proud. But I'm more proud that Alito is who he is, in our great American tradition of government service.
Starting in the 1960s, the Jersey City Italians either moved to places like North Bergen (that's what my grandparents did) or Cliffside Park. If they stayed in Jersey City, they moved to Jersey City Heights which remained heavily Italian until the early 1990s. Lots of Arabs there now.
Or Short Hills.
Me too. I'm part Italian but never vote for people because of such a thing. If I did, I would have to vote for Mario Cuomo and then I would probably kill myself and go straight to hell.
I don't understand people who blindly do such things.
Short Hills, Bronxville, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, etc. are filled with folks with vowels at the end of their names. Oh how far we have come!
I can't find the statistic but I believe that Lou Lehrman received a bigger share of the Italian-American vote in the 1982 election than Mario Cuomo.
I checked the '84 Almanac of American Politics. Barone stated that Lehrman either carried or "nearly carried" the Italian-American vote in that contest. I think they could tell that their fellow Italian-American Cuomo didn't represent their values, and could best be described by that old Italian phrase, "a schmuck." ;-)
Well I know of one Italian American and one Polish American who voted for Lehrman in 1982. Their son would have loved to have pulled the lever for Lehrman, but he was only six.
It's really too bad that NY has been saddled with such dreadful or mediocre Governors for years. Lew Lehrman was probably too good for NY, and had Jack Kemp not had such a political tin-ear, might very well have been able to win the Governorship from Cuomo in '86. Sad to say, it looked like the damage was pretty much permanent by the time Pataki (whom most don't know is a Hungarian-American) took office. The sad irony is that Giuliani managed to make NYC liveable for the first time since the days Bob Wagner, and helped to recoup all of the people that fled under Lindsay, but the city remains as anti-Republican as ever and pushes the rest of the state to the left. :-(
Yep, and the few Republican areas (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Maspeth/Middle Village, Throgs Neck, Country Club/City Island) get more Democratic each year. Staten Island is more of a blue collar swing area than anything else.
I think it's going to be only a matter of time before the city returns to the old Dinkinseque/Lindsayesque days once (or perhaps before) Bloomberg leaves office. NYC is still riding on the fumes of Giuliani's semi-Conservative Law & Order policies, many of which are antithetical to the radical left that run the city, and once the Weiner 'Rats are ensconced, the bottom will fall out. Hopefully Staten Island will be able to secede lest they go under, too...
Me, too. I would have attended had I known sooner. Rats.
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