Posted on 02 May 2013.
Richmond County Tea Party Patriots endorsed Lisa Giovinazzo for NYC City Council District 50 at a press conference on April 30 in Staten Island’s Von Briesen Park. American Grizzlies United announced its support of her candidacy immediately following the Tea Party Patriots’ announcement.
Bobby Zahn, President of the Richmond County Tea Party Patriots gave a Palinesque endorsement speech that lasted 3:12.
American Revolution Site Chosen for Announcement
“We’re standing here today gathered near the gates of Fort Wadsworth, because this site played an important part in the American Revolution. It’s this patriotic spirit that inspired Tea Party groups like ours to organize in defense of our liberties — liberties that are under assault from career politicians who want to run our lives,” Zahn said. “Here in our own city — especially in our own city — the government has been captured by the idea that they can tell us what we can eat, what we can drink, what we can say and how to act. Up until now, there has not been a single strong voice in our legislature opposed.”
“We have gone along to get a pothole repaired or to get our names on a trash can. As liberty-minded conservatives, we believe people know better than government how to run our own lives. This is why we favor citizen legislators over career politicians. Frankly, we were appalled by the next-in-line good-old-boy mentality that was being thrust upon us in an attempt to give us no choice but a career creature of the system,” he said.
Peer of the Electorate, Not the Ruling Class
“Lisa Giovinazzo is not a bureaucrat jumping to the next title through seniority. She’s a private sector person — a peer of the electorate — not the ruling class. Lisa Giovinazzo says everything a conservative wants to hear, but that’s not really what’s important,” Zahn said. He continued, “what’s more important than what she says is her demonstrated willingness to stand up to the system — even to the elites in her own party who are trying to keep her down. Given this, there is no questioning Lisa Giovinazzo’s resolve to buck the system and City Hall — a system that most sane people recognize is woefully broken.”
Staten Island’s Sarah Palin?
“Of course, she arrives on the scene with an impeccable resume for a citizen legislator. She’s a mother, a wife, a former White House correspondent, a professor, a community activist, and a small business owner. So, she really understands us. This is who we are. These are the same things that we are.”
“As I said, she’s appeared to those who she’s asking for their vote, not appeared to the political elite. She’s also a veteran in the trenches of electoral politics.”
“For years, she’s been fighting for conservative principles by helping to elect Republicans to office. When the government stops answering to the people, we need to send regular people to the legislature to fix it, not a bureaucrat who already works there.”
“There is no doubt in our view that Lisa Giovinazzo is the clear choice for conservative-minde Republican voters, and the citizen that we need in City Council. Therefore, we are very pleased to be here today with Lisa to declare our unwavering support,” Zahn said.
Giovinazzo Accepts Tea Party Patriots’ Endorsement
“It is my pleasure to accept your endorsement. I think the Staten Island Tea Party Patriots are a wonderful group of people who share strong values and recognize our freedoms. I applaud the efforts of your party in particular — the people standing here — has been truly focused on the issues that are important, not just the issues that are popular, and I’m very grateful to have your support,” Giovinazzo said.
“I know that you’ll be an integral part of my campaign. Many of you have already volunteered, and supported me at the headquarters, walking in the streets, and I really look forward to getting to know each and every one of you better than I do already and I’m very, very thankful for your support,” she said.
Tom Wrobleski of The Staten Island Advance covered the press conference and asked Zahn how Richmond County Tea Party Patriots will be supporting Giovinazzo. Zahn said a number of his members are already walking door-to-door and volunteering. He plans on holding a fund-raiser for her in his backyard and said the organization plans to give her any type of support she needs. Wrobleski also referred to AGU’s backing of Giovinazzo in his story.
Why we Have Two Tea Parties on Staten Island
Wrobleski asked Zahn about formation of Richmond County Tea Party Patriots. As previously reported, “the Richmond Tea Party Patriots were formed out of dissatisfaction with the Staten Island Tea Party’s alliance with the local Republican Party establishment, and the performance of Congressman Michael Grimm who in the main has abandoned the conservative values he ran on. Rep. Grimm is, however, assisting Giovinazzo by walking door-to-door with her and his mentor, Guy Molinari is Giovinazzo’s campaign manager, which she disclosed to the group.”
“I don’t think we have a Staten Island Tea Party. That was long-gone, shut-down, shut-up and put out when Frank Santarpia took a job with Mr. Oddo, and he went against all principles of a Tea Party,” Lisa Mercaldo, a member of Tea Party Patriots said. Mercaldo also sits on the Republican Executive Committee and said she never even met Giovinazzo’s opponent Steve Matteo. “I don’t even know what the man looks like. We are supposed to vet the candidate, we are supposed to interview the candidate, and they are not doing that,” Mercaldo said about Sartapia who is a co-founder of the Staten Island Tea Party and an aide to City Councilman Oddo, who is running for Borough President. Giovinazzo and Matteo are vying for Oddo’s seat. As previously reported, Matteo declined a Richmond County Tea Party Patriots invitation to be publicly vetted.
“I don’t think it really would be a surprise who Frank Sartapia and the Staten Island Tea Party are backing. I mean, how could the guy go against his boss? How could he make a fair judgement and be able to even consider Lisa Giovinazzo,” Zahn aked.
Giovinazzo Challenges Opponent to Debates
“I’ll say in that regard that everybody you know who is seeking elective office, who wants to be your representative, I once again am welcoming my opponent to a series of debates,” Giovinazzo said.
“I think it’s important that the constituents of mid-Island see who we are and what we stand for,” she continued.
“And I think it’s important that we see what we’re made of, so again, I am challenging him to a series of debates. I think it should take place as quickly as possible over the next couple of weeks, because this is a very important election,” Giovinazzo said.
AGU Announces its Support of Giovinazzo
In announcing AGU’s support of of Giovinazzao, I said,
As NY State Coordinator for American Grizzlies United I am looking forward to the Lisa Giovinazzo campaign for New York City Council District 50, and getting the word out to AGU-NY’s volunteers about her candidacy. We are proud to support a candidate who understands the proper role of government and who offers Bold Colors – no Pale Pastels.
Both Richmond County Tea Party Patriots and AGU publicly vetted Giovinazzo last Thursday during a Richmond County Tea Party Patriots monthly meetup.
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