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Introducing 13th Congressional Candidate Tom Vendittelli

July 19, 2010

As some of my colleagues have been beating up on the GOP’s Golden child Michael Allegretti (he probably deserves it, too), I have been looking at a candidate in the 13th Congressional District who isn’t tied down by establishment organizations.

Atlas recently received a copy of a press release from the Libertarian Party, in which they discuss their 13th Congressional candidate Tom Vendittelli, which led me to become curious about this young man.

Then, I received a communique from Son of Liberty Roy Antoun, enclosing the following piece about Mr. Venditelli. I thought I would share it with you as well as some other information and my thoughts so you can consider all of the options in this race.

Here is an excerpt from Roy’s piece (which is favorable toward Mr. Vendittelli):

Third Parties today hold little legitimacy in the political culture of America. In States like New York, which have co-opted the parties, it’s extremely hard for Third Party candidates to get on the ballot and campaign. This system is flawed. Nowhere in our Constitution does it say that Americans should be limited to a two-party system. What’s worse is that our “two-party system” has fortified what I like to call, the Republicrat. Both Republicans and Democrats have endangered our freedoms at home for their personal gain and the expansion of big government. So, in essence, Americans have little choice in the system and that is why I outwardly encourage Third Parties to rise. A more diverse political setting will give Americans more choice in representation and will also shake and challenge the establishment in DC.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting Congressional Candidate Tom Vendittelli, running on the Libertarian Party line in the 13th Congressional District which covers Brooklyn and Staten Island (gerrymandering? You bet). A young, enthusiastic champion of liberty, Tom expressed his distaste for establishment politics and wanted his campaign to shake things in the political culture of New York. He pointed out one major flaw: it was lacking some liberty. For a city that is entrenched in a history of revolution, reform, and industry, most people in New York are so wrapped up in their 9-to-5 that government regulation and intervention seems either status quo or another obstacle to just go around before reaching their home or apartment to relax for the night. The Tea Party is ignored or laughed at and the small Tea Party that does exist is actually George Bush relic of neoconservatism at its finest; it’s standard hypocrisy. The Tea Party, which supposedly stands for limited government, apparently supports a very expensive, expansive, and interventionist foreign policy that has been “draining a third of the entire Federal budget that could otherwise be refunded back to the taxpayer,” said Vendittelli. And I couldn’t agree more.

Tom also brought up issues like the Federal Reserve, something Republican candidate Michael Allegretti knew practically nothing about. Vendittelli told me of a time he ran into Allegretti and asked him what he would do about the Federal Reserve. Allegretti’s response? “Well… I know that the Federal Reserve is a bank… but that’s pretty much it.” And that’s pretty much what’s wrong with the Republican Party and the Federal Government. Little did Allegretti know the vast, unchecked power that the Federal Reserve has. It audits itself every two years, has complete control over how much money is printed in the U.S., can take or give loans to foreign countries at its own discretion, and regulates interest rates without any forewarning, all at taxpayer expense. Vendittelli, who was aware of the Federal Reserve’s unconstitutional powers, knew that something had to be done with the political climate whereas Allegretti did not. A Congressman should, at the very least, have expansive knowledge of the monetary beast otherwise known as the Federal Reserve. The system plays with your money, the fruits of your labor and Congress should be seeking to protect your property, not devalue it. Vendittelli understands this concept whereas Allegretti does not.

Tom Vendittelli was a genuine individual with a knack for political philosophy that you otherwise don’t get in New York. He’s extremely principled in the ideals of liberty and economic freedom and comprehends the notion that a large government equates to a restricted marketplace, something New Yorkers are being choked by on a daily basis. I know Tom Vendittelli is getting my vote. The other establishment hacks have already proven themselves to be… establishment hacks. To all my conservative and Republican friends, please remember that conservatism as a political theory is deeply rooted and founded in the tenets of libertarianism. I fully support Tom and his efforts to run for Congress.

I think Roy does a great job expressing his frustrations with status quo politics. Roy is very particular about issues such as the Federal Reserve and neoconservatism, which some of us may differ on. But Roy is passionate as ever in describing his beliefs and why Vendittelli has satisfied his requirements.

As for personal information about the candidate, this is from a website discussing Mr. Venditelli:

Tom Vendittelli is a lifelong Staten Islander who graduated Susan Wagner High School in 2003, and Wagner College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration. He became active in politics while in college, and later helped found the Staten Island Libertarian Party, where he serves as the group’s Membership Director.

As a Libertarian, Mr. Vendittelli is looking to restore both the diminished individual liberties of Americans, and the diminished power of the Constitution. He has actively protested against the Federal Reserve in hopes of restoring the value of the dollar to it’s former glory. He also believes United States foreign policy is headed in the wrong direction.

Outside of politics, Mr. Vendittelli has worked in the advertising industry for several years, currently as a Broadcast Coordinator. He is also a professional musician. His parents, Joseph (a former government accountant and small business owner) and Arlene (a former federal employee), are Brooklyn natives who relocated to Staten Island in the mid-1980s.

The statement is a bit heavy on the Staten Island, but his story is an interesting one. It’s a bit too general for my tastes, though. It states: “He also believes United States foreign policy is headed in the wrong direction.”

Who doesn’t?

The question is how and why does he disagree?

Some other questions I have: what other major issues does he hold as his own? How do those issues comport with those of the voters of the 13th Congressional? Why does he believe he would be a better candidate than McMahon, Mike Grimm, Michael Allegretti?

Allegretti has been going on and on about health care (an issue that is dead until a new president comes along), when the primary issue facing his district and the nation (in my opinion) is unemployment.

What is Vendittelli’s position on addressing that issue?

This are major questions, and a full dossier of answers must be complied before we can feel comfortable having him represent us. While I haven’t made up my mind yet, this is certainly an interesting candidate worth getting to know. Hopefully, he will provide us all with more information.

One big problem for Mr. Vendittelli is that he does not have a formal website that I can locate. I hope the Libertarians can help him with that.

We invite Mr. Vendittelli to keep us all updated on his campaign, and we ask you to share your thoughts with us, as always.

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12 Comments
  1. July 19, 2010 10:49 am

    Anyone else find the trolls over on the cross list of my article really repulsive?

    http://www.urbanelephants.com/index.php/myblog/Tom-Vendittelli-Finally-A-Candidate-I-Can-Support.html

    • July 19, 2010 12:21 pm

      Indeed.

      They are using your comments section for their own personal agenda. If I may be so bold, perhaps you should delete them? : p

    • CableFan = Moron permalink
      July 19, 2010 1:16 pm

      CableFan uses such sentences (actually, they’re not “sentences”; they’re word salad) such as:

      “Neither you Roy, Neither are you no scholar.”

      “Neither are you no scholar”?

      Where did this guy go to school? Or rather, I should say “Did he go to school?”

      Survey says: NOPE.

      Gosh, I hope it’s that troll Russell Gallo or that old bat Clorinda. You have to love it when your political enemies are morons.

      Such as O’Lardo, who hasn’t done anything decent in politics since…

      When? George Bush I was president? LOL

  2. Busted Teeth permalink
    July 19, 2010 1:07 pm

    Who is that ugly man with the receding hair line and busted teeth on the cover of The Jig’s website? Is that a male district leader? Wow, what a piece of work.

  3. Young Republican permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:14 pm

    While Roy totally right about NYs screwed up electoral system that is skewed towards the two large parties at the expense of other parties and candidate, and is why I support non-partisan elections, (not like what Mayor Bloomberg means, but that all candidates should be treated equally when trying to qualify for the November ballot, and that any rule that applies to one candidate must apply to all candidates with party affiliation not having any relevance,) you’ve got be really careful when it comes to minor party candidates. The two questions 1)is this candidate the best man for the job, and 2) can this candidate win, are both equally important. Before you invest in someone who will be a great congressman but will never win, you have to ask what effect will that have on getting the “bad-guy” out of office. In politics it is very important to be idealistic, but it is even more important to be pragmatic. Remember, never let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If there is a chance that what you do will help Rep. McMahon stay in office for another term then you really have think if it is worth it.

    • July 19, 2010 4:45 pm

      Young Republican,

      I vehemently agree. To answer your questions,
      1) I do think he is the best man for the job, or, at the very least, the better man for the job.
      2) There’s no fair way of answering this question. Obviously it is harder for a Third Party candidate to win the vote because New York State election laws don’t allow for that to happen. However, I do feel that drumming up support for Third Party candidates while presenting legislation liberalizing election laws (that is “liberalizing” with a small “l”), will present more options for voters.

      Our main concern here cannot be just to oust McMahon, although that would be great. But if the Republicans who may or may not be elected act the same way McMahon acts, then what good does that do? There are many Republicans who preach small government but go on to pass big-government health legislation as seen in 2003 or spend more money abroad at tax-payer expense.

      The value of a Libertarian candidate is two-fold.
      1) I feel that they can split the base of Democrats more than they can with Republicans because of their views on foreign policy and civil rights.
      2) Libertarians are far more principled than their Republican or Democratic counterparts, which I feel will result in the (removal of) legislation that many small-government conservatives have so desperately wanted.

      For far too long, people in NY have been voting on a co-opted level that has removed actual political discourse from the arena. I think giving the voter more options at the booth is far more republican (small “r”) and far more democratic (small “d”) than the system we have today. It might actually remove the Democratic monopoly held over New York once and for all.

      PS: never vote for a candidate just because they have a “D” or “R” next to their name. 9/10 times they’re all the same. Vote for what they stand for and if it is in line with what you believe in.

    • Fabian Gambino permalink
      September 28, 2010 10:57 am

      The main point here is not if people think a candidate can win, however, whether you are willing to MAKE SURE that candidate wins. This is the same old “Scott Brown” story. Behind 30 points in the polls and people actually WORK to make sure he wins. And it has nothing to do with the person, or their hair style, or how tall or short they are. All of that is irrelevant. People just have to stop being wussies about it. If the same people got behind a “stick figure” instead of Scott Brown … the same result would have happened. Besides Scott Brown betrayed everyone the moment he was elected.

      It’s about principle not being filled with glee when your boy wins. If he is on the ballot I will vote for him.

  4. the republican party has no message yet permalink
    July 19, 2010 10:37 pm

    hasn’t anybody noticced that nbc and msnbc has the right question and the republicans have no answer for it yet?

    each of the two republicans on meet the press yesterday got hoist on their own petard(s), same thing tonight on chris matthew’s hardball.

    it was a simple question: what programs would you cut to get to a balanced budget or to reduce the national debt?

    the repeated republican answer so far: duh, I don’t know.

    one even resorted to something about obama’s proposed bi-partisan commission……. brilliant, just brilliant! now that’s a party ready to lead.

    if grimm and allegretti don’t come up with better than that quick, then vendittelli gets my vote, and for all i care mcmahaon gets to be my congressman again.

    • Young Republican permalink
      July 19, 2010 11:43 pm

      Criss Christie took a lot of heat during the campaign for not being specific about what he would cut. He ended up winning and is doing a damn good job. Who knows if he would have been elected had he given all the specifics up front. Is it always a good strategy and can you say that the congressional election is the same thing I don’t know, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind.

      • July 20, 2010 5:30 pm

        I can understand why Christie wasn’t specific.

        Our Libertarian candidate for governor, Warren Redlich, pointed out most politicians won’t tell you that when you cut the budget… Someone gets fired.

        People tend not to vote for you if they think they are going to lose their job.

        Myself, I will try and preserve as many “boots on the ground” state jobs as possible (constituents in my district (61) expect a larger amount of government services than most other districts), but it will be challenging – NYS’s finances have been thoroughly trashed by both parties.

        I expect that many of these services will have to be taken over by private enterprise (think dollar vans for transportation).

  5. Just like "... Mary McCarthy once said..." about Lillian Hellman: permalink
    July 20, 2010 1:53 pm

    Every word they write in Craig Eaton’s hate blog “The Jig is Up Atlas” is a lie including “and” and “the” (throw in “a” and “an” for good measure). Even their disclaimer is complete BS, “Warning: This is a Political Blog! All posts are the OPINIONS of their authors. Neither Google nor the “Pathetic One” can stop us. Free speech lives here….”, not one phrase or word of that is true.

    But even a stopped clock…

    TJIUA’s Tuesday, July 20, 2010 superficial “Where Do We Make Cuts?” shows that the JIGZATZERZ can write something with a little political content when pressed. They’re just so bad at this stuff (all their thinking must obviusly be done by the Scarecrow standing behind Dorothy in their iconic “WOO” photo– the piece and two relevant comments so far were obviously done by an idiot, a moron and an imbecile, respectively).

    Buffoon’s, here’s a solid conservative Republican starting point, for which you might advocate– 3% across the board federal spending cuts starting now as to all federal spending (nothing is off the table cap all current entitlements and subject everything forward to the 3% cuts). The cuts would include the neo-cons sacred cows: defense; intelligence; and law enforcement. Each year repeat the process until the federal debt is zero. There should be no Department of Education spending after five years and the department abolished, and all aid to the states in all other categories should be zeroed out within five years.

    Parallel programs should be put together and could be advanced for New York State and New York City.

    That would be advocating on behalf of a real conservative Republican fiscal program.

  6. btw, permalink
    July 20, 2010 1:56 pm

    It’s 2:56 PM does Craig Eaton know who/where all his Brooklyn Republican critics and adversaries are?

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