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Random Thoughts: Joe DioGuardi

Wherein your humble narrator engages in a bit of a flip flop.

I’ve mentioned my preference for David Malpass in the NY Senate primary, and the funny thing aboot it is that’s it seemed to have drawn more attention from Joe DioGuardi supporters. I was then reminded of an aspect of new media I inexplicably forgot aboot…blogger outreach.

New media is a top issue for me when it comes to choosing a candidate (besides jive like education and the economy), because the last thing we as Republicans need are more candidates who don’t get it or aren’t smart enough to at least hire someone who does. I never want to hear anyone complaining aboot the “liberal media” ever again when we have all the tools to circumvent it to get our message across…and most of them are FREE.

The DioGuardi campaign, since we’re still in the fighting amongst ourselves phase of election season, were using those free tools to see not only who was writing aboot their candidate, but who was writing aboot his opponents. They’d then engage the bloggers to make the case for DioGuardi, most importantly doing so without insulting the guy the blogger was supportive of.

Then last night, I had stopped by the GOP convention hall at night to meet up with some friends who were in town, and they were there still looking to make the sale with printouts of where Joe stands on the issues and why he’s the best chance to defeat Kristin Gillibrand (whose last name my Blackberry spell checks as “Gilligan” for some reason).

And they made a convincing argument. While I don’t get a vote on the floor and the jury is still out on what tomorrow’s nomination results are going to be, between now and the September 15th primary you can consider me an undecided voter and I will be giving Joe DioGuardi a more serious second look.

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8 responses to “Random Thoughts: Joe DioGuardi

  1. Jonas MacFarquhar ⋅

    Where did the poor Albanians find the $400,000 per year they pay DioGuardi as their lobbyist? Would 9/11 hve happened if it were not for DioGuardi’s support for Albanian and bosnian terrorist links?

    March 8, 1984, Joseph J. DioGuardi, 43, a partner in Arthur Andersen & Co., one of the ”Big Eight” international accounting and consulting firms, will leave the firm on March 31 to enter the race for the 20th Congressional . . . ”He has distinguished himself in the areas in which he has had firmwide responsibility, namely the tax aspects of nonprofit organizations, the public sector and charitable giving,” the statement continued.

    September 26, 1984 AP DioGuardi made the remarks during a candidate’s forum Sunday morning at the Jewish Community Center in White Plains. In a tape recording of the Sunday appearance, DioGuardi is heard saying, “You’ve got to look at the facts. The facts are that the minority groups in this country enjoy having children. It’s their only joy, their only hope. It gets them another check. They’re not going to have the abortions.”

    May 24, 1989, WASHINGTON, D.C., PRN During his tenure in Congress, DioGuardi has championed the civil rights of the Kosovar Albanians to the highest levels of American government. Time and again, he has stated the case for Kosovar Albanian internal autonomy. DioGuardi formed the Albanian-American Civic League in Washington, D.C. in early 1989

    October 4, 1992, AP Joseph J. DioGuardi, who is seeking election to a House seat he lost amid charges of campaign finance irregularities, tried to avoid paying taxes through an investment scheme designed to lose money, according to U.S. Tax Court records . . . In 1978, DioGuardi was a partner in Daga Financial Co., which bought and sold options and futures on stocks and securities, according to court papers. On their joint tax return for that year, DioGuardi and his wife reported a loss of $ 112,453 from Joseph DioGuardi’s 24.4 percent share of Daga, according to the records. So even though DioGuardi had earned more than $ 124,000 as an accountant that year, he and his wife claimed taxable income of $ 9,323, the records show. But the IRS said Daga’s 1978 losses could not be deducted because “the entire transaction lacked economic reality.” . . . In 1988, Lowey ousted DioGuardi after a report that Joseph Crabtree, the head of DioGuardi’s campaign finance committee, had funneled more than $ 50,000 in illegal contributions to the campaign through his numerous auto dealerships. Crabtree reimbursed employees for the contributions, which is illegal. Crabtree said DioGuardi masterminded the plan; the ex-congressman denied it. Crabtree eventually pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate federal election and tax laws.

    Guardian March 25, 1997 anti-Mafia judges from around Italy met in Bari, the administrative centre of the southern Puglia region, to discuss the growing links between Albanian and local gangsters. There is concern that, with many Albanians also landing unchecked in isolated coves, the exodus will set back “by years” the progress made in tackling organised crime.

    Deutsche Presse-Agentur April 12, 1997 Foreign troops deployed in Albania will not be restricted to shooting in self defence, Italian Defence Minister Beniamino Andreatta said Saturday in Tirana. . . Andreatta made it clear that the force – about 6,000 strong and from Italy, France, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Romania, Turkey and Austria – would remain in Albania for a maximum of six months.

    Deutsche Presse-Agentur March 4, 1997 The worsening crisis in Albania jumped to the top of the European Union’s political agenda on Tuesday but officials said the bloc would wait until a meeting of E.U. political directors on March 6 before taking any joint initiatives to try and quell the unrest. “We are urging all parties, including the opposition in Albania, to restore calm and to abstain from using the situation for political gain,” an E.U. official said.

    The Guardian March 25, 1997 A COALITION of European Union countries, led by Italy, is ready to despatch 3,000 troops and police to protect a huge international humanitarian mission to Albania. But the Albanian leader, Sali Berisha, said this morning that he could not guarantee the safety of humanitarian aid convoys.

    IPS-Inter Press Service May 16, 1997, Friday Although both Albanian president Sali Berisha and prime minister Bashkim Fino called for the force, they did so for entirely different purposes. Originally Berisha requested it to help restore order against “the southern rebels and their threat to the north.” In contrast, Fino wanted it to restore some form of stability. Given that the armed insurgents in the north and south have only one political agenda, the removal of Berisha, the international community wisely took the most politically neutral goal available — securing humanitarian aid. . . Italy’s center-left coalition government has traditionally been very supportive of Berisha. However, as the situation deteriorated in Albania and the army began to defect from Berisha’s camp, the world community, led by the United States, called for the Albanian president to step down. By early March, even Italy, the major pro-Berisha member of the EU, had begun to distance itself from him.

    Toronto Star March 4, 1997 AP Meanwhile, the legislature easily re-elected President Sali Berisha to a five-year term. “Today is the day of open dictatorship in Albania,” said Neritan Ceka, the head of the opposition Democratic Alliance. “Only a dictator could be elected under such conditions, with martial law.”

    • Whoo hoo! An oppo drop!

    • J. Sellis ⋅

      @Jonas

      Ok, I want to keep this short. Two things.

      #1: In this much-too-long comment, you accuse DioGuardi of, among other things, racism, tax fraud, and…9/11? My question is, WHERE are your sources? I started trying to find the same info, and found nothing to back up ANY of the claims you make. Nevermind half of them are completely ridiculous (Joe heading the Albanian-American Civic League does not constitute a link between him and Albanian terror groups, and it would certainly have nothing to do with 9/11), but the other half that sound like you want us to believe you are basing them on something.. OK, what then?

      #2: Most of this comment describe a history of turmoil in the Balkans during the late 90’s. I get it, Joe advocates for the Albanians, but stretching it so far as to say Joe is somehow the reason for all of this, or is a criminal because of this turmoil, is just plain backwards. Joe advocates for Albanian because that is his heritage, he is not to blame for the crime and volatility that nation faced. I get the feeling that you put all of that there because you didn’t expect anyone to actually read it, and I don’t think anyone would appreciate your attempt to smear Mr. DioGuardi by trying to link him to global terrorism. It would seem the opposition has so little material to use that this is the best they can do.

  2. The big “Oppo Drop” won’t do any good. If anyone from the DioGuardi camp dignifies the big libel above with a point-by-point response, they will just give credence, no matter how small, to the progenitor.

  3. Luan Bukolla ⋅

    It is obvious that Jonas is getting his misinformation from Serbian websites. Thanks to Joe’s tireless work on Human Rights, he was able to help send Slobodan Milosevic to the Hague. Keep up the great work Joe!!!

  4. Mike ⋅

    Sounds to me like Joe DioGuardi should be running for president of Albania, not for the U.S. Senate.

    • So you’re aware that DioGuardi is about to petition his way onto the GOP primary ballot and beat out both Blakeman and Malpass! Blakeman is a RINO and David Malpass still hasn’t got his Mojo going.

  5. 1389AD

    DioGuardi is NOT the conservative, frugal, clean-as-a-whistle Tea Party candidate that he pretends to be. He has some VERY unsavory connections:

    http://1389blog.com/2010/09/24/far-worse-than-a-mere-rino/

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