Monday, June 23, 2008

From Queens Crap – Re-Flushed “Ask Tony”

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Let's ask Tony ...

No not Tony Nunziato, but Council Member Tony Avella what he thinks about QC statement that Anthony Como only won because he is Italian and the Italian American voters are too stupid and shouldn't be allowed to vote.

I found this very interesting statement on CM Avella's official page on the New York City Council website:

"As Chair of the Italian American Caucus, Tony has promoted Italian culture and heritage through an annual celebration at City Hall in October during Italian American Heritage Month. Tony has also been in the forefront of fighting the negative stereotyping of Italian Americans."

Wow ... This is the guy running for mayor? Yet he stand with QC and JPCA with their anti-Italian hatred?

Well, I figured I would give him the benefit of the doubt and wrote him the following open email:

To the Hon. Tony Avella,

In light of your position as Chair of the Italian American Caucus, the statement that you "have been on the forefront of fighting the negative stereotyping of Italian Americans", and your candidacy for Mayor of New York City, I would like to ask you to please comment on the following posting on the Queens Crap (QC) blog site (posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008) that has been one of your strongest supporters:

"After speaking with voters who participated in this month's special election, I have come to the conclusion that Anthony Como won based on mistaken identity. I noticed many people were mispronouncing his last name, so I dug a little deeper. And when phrases like, "I thought his father did a decent job as governor so I figured he'd be good" and "I guess politics runs in his family" are bandied about, then it's easy to put two and two together. (These are the same people who voted for Alan Hevesi years back because they thought he was Italian.) So, although the corrupt election process may have had something to do with the outcome, most of the blame has to be put on the blatant stupidity of voters in western Queens."

It seems clear to me and all the proud Italian Americans in CD 30 that this posting by QC is deliberately insulting to all the voters of CD 30 (especially to the Italian American voters), and is blatantly very stereotyping of Italian Americans.

I ask that you please comment on your feeling about this anti-Italian American posting and also how can you stand with a group like QC (in like of these statements) that is so transparently anti-Italian American.

I will be posting this email and your response to the same on my blog at

I anxiously await your reply.



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