Written by Pat Grace Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
Joe DioGuardi, certified public accountant, founder of Truth In Government, author of Unaccountable Congress: It Doesn’t Add Up, NY State Conservative Party nominee and Republican Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, stumped in Port Washington last weekend at the Grande Festa Italiana. John O’Neil, president, John Michael Marino Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America, said the Italian Festival has raised money for the lodge and for charity–around $20,000 each year.
DioGuardi was distributing campaign literature when Port resident Lisa Bezinober approached him with a big grin, telling him what a super fan she is of his daughter, Kara DioGuardi, a judge on American Idol. She was at the festival, she said, because she adores his daughter (“crazykarafan” is Bezinober’s cyber name) and when she saw on Facebook that the candidate would be at the Italian Festival she came specifically to meet him. DioGuardi said he has more fans on Facebook than his two competitors, David Malpass and Bruce Blakeman, combined. As if to maintain that lead, accompanying DioGuardi as he introduced himself to fairgoers was a young, computer savvy assistant posting photos and text in real time onto the candidate’s social networking websites.
The first practicing CPA elected to Congress, DioGuardi spent two terms in the House of Representatives (1985-1989). Shaking hands with Dan Griffo, Manhasset native, DioGuardi told him, “I’m happy because for 25 years I’ve been delivering the message about the government’s out-of-control spending; that we need to cut up Congress’s credit card and get spending under control. It is so gratifying that the public has finally caught up with my message. We are spending money we don’t have. Borrowing from China, a country that doesn’t share our values. We’re putting the American dream in jeopardy.”
DioGuardi said the Tea Party movement is energizing America but it is not an official party. Its creation, he said, is a reflection of the disaffection with government.
On building a mosque near Ground Zero, DioGuardi said, “It is an unnecessary provocation and insensitive to the families and responders affected directly by the tragedy of 9/11. All is being done to convince them of the need to sit with the governor and find another location. We are a country of free speech and religious freedom and while they have the right, it seems wrong and insensitive.”