Introducing 13th Congressional Candidate Tom Vendittelli
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.”
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.