Too good to check: Dem House candidate supports convicted mobster

posted at 8:01 am on December 6, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Just as with the rest of the non-retiring members of Congress, Michael Grimm (R-NY11) will stand for election again next year. And like many of the rest of the members, he’s already drawn an opponent in the person of Brooklyn City Councilman Dominic Recchia. Among Dominic’s no doubt numerous fine qualities, he’s very interested in helping out his constituents. (Surely a good quality in a potential House member, you’ll all agree.) In fact, Councilman Recchia is so willing to go the extra mile to help out the residents of his area, he’s even willing to exert his considerable influence to help them even after they get in a spot of trouble. (Hat Tip, Big Government)

A Brooklyn city councilman running for Congress has written to a federal judge seeking leniency for a reputed Colombo mobster who will be sentenced this month for money laundering and illegal gambling.

Dominic Recchia, a Democrat representing Coney Island, Gravesend and Bensonhurst, sent the letter on City Council letterhead extolling the community service performed by reputed mobster Angelo Spata after Hurricane Sandy…

Recchia’s letter, dated Aug. 23, informs Judge Kiyo Matsumoto that Spata participated in relief efforts and hosted a children’s carnival at MCU Park after the superstorm.

Well, that’s certainly nice of Mr. Spata to help out the local children and pitch in for the recovery after Sandy. But then, it’s also a consideration that he’s about to be sentenced. And while nobody should be pinned down for guilt by association, it’s also worth noting that his father-in-law is Carmine Persico. Carmine is another popular, well known figure in the neighborhood. Of course, people haven’t seen much of him since 1987. Back then, Carmine “The Snake” Persico was sentenced to 139 years in the slammer. Those are some, uh… interesting connections that Mr. Recchia has.

Of course, you don’t find candidates of this caliber just hanging around anywhere. As Big Government alertly points out, he was one of the first people tapped in the Democrats’ Jumpstart program, their ambitious effort to flip GOP seats in the House. He’s got to be somebody special to be courted so heavily by New York Democrats, and with stories like this we may be finding out exactly how special in the months to come.


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Listen Judge! Brother Grimm tells a story.

Valkyriepundit on December 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

So this is the first mobster, who hopes that he’s facing Grimm prospects?

Valkyriepundit on December 6, 2013 at 8:06 AM

How could people not vote for him? He is a literary celebrity, hosting Harry Potter n all in Grimm’ol Place!

Valkyriepundit on December 6, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Okay thats it. Ive got nothin left.

Valkyriepundit on December 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM

So felons can vote in this district?

meci on December 6, 2013 at 8:10 AM

This is a resume enhancer for a Democrat.

Bitter Clinger on December 6, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I fine upstanding citizen like Mr. Recchia is the kind of person we should be encouraging to run for public office. He cares about children. I bet he likes puppies too! And yet there is all this hate because he’s helping out a constituent in a spot of trouble over money laundering and illegal gambling. Christ reached out to sinners too.

Clearly there is an anti-Italian bias at HA! ;0

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Well, the democrat party IS an organized criminal syndicate, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Just pointing out the obvious here…

SteveThomas on December 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM

….all Democrats are Mobsters…………this is not unusual!

KOOLAID2 on December 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Anyone remember what mob Nancy Pelosi’s papa headed up? Coincidence?

SteveThomas on December 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM

OT- Anybody else catch this? Not only did the rat-eared one didn’t bother with a Hannakuh ceremony until the ninth day of an eight-day holiday but he used the occasion to browbeat the Jews!

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his nuclear diplomacy with Iran before an audience of Israeli diplomats and senior members of the US Jewish community and officials.

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Let the spin begin 7%

Obama is awesome!!!!!

That’s good news
-morning joe and crew

cmsinaz on December 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Anyone remember what mob Nancy Pelosi’s papa headed up? Coincidence?

SteveThomas on December 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM

My mother spits when Tom’s name is mentioned.

katy the mean old lady on December 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

With the Columbo family, having a “made man” in the local Congressional seat is almost a tradition.

You know you’ve got a problem when reality once more begins to resemble a Don Pendleton novel from the 1970s.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 6, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The article continues:

“But even more troubling is the Democratic candidate’s connection to a giant money-laundering scheme in DC known on the streets as The Affordable Care Act. The scheme also has it’s roots in a more sinister and illegal conspiracy crime family members refer to as The Democratic Party Platform. There is a code of silence about what was once called The Stimulus Package, but it still secretly funds illegal activities, not only in DC, but across the US.”

mankai on December 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Just as with the rest of the non-retiring members of Congress, Michael Grimm (R-NY11) will stand for election again next year.

Um, Jazz, two-thirds of the Senate disagree with your sentence. Congress = House + Senate.

rbj on December 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Prison is where all liberal Democrats should be.

tmgrant on December 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Just a few years ago, Obama’s buddy Tony Rezko was sentenced to prison.

Good times.

Democrats: the party of organized crime.

VibrioCocci on December 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

If you look at the results from the 2013 electoral map The New York Times ran, NY-11 is a Medium Pink district, with most precincts going to Joe Lhota over de Blasio. But it is also a heavily Italian district, which — given the Democrats’ obsessive special interest race carding since even well before the Age of Obama — explains why this is the party’s guy of choice to face Grimm. The last name in their eyes trumps any ethical kerfuffles Recchia might have.

jon1979 on December 6, 2013 at 9:25 AM

‘Organized Crime’ – a term that applies to both the Federal Government AND the ‘Mob’…

easyt65 on December 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Don’t steal, the Federal government hates competition.

22044 on December 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

If you check out the link above, spot of trouble, the people standing behind him is enough of a reason not to vote for him.

Barred on December 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

And he differs from the current regime how? At least he’s transparent about his associations.

EdmundBurke247 on December 6, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Naw, that’s from the onion, right?

jake49 on December 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Of course they support the convicted mobster. If it weren’t for the legal sense of the word, democrats would have no convictions at all.

Wino on December 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Just a few years ago, Obama’s buddy Tony Rezko was sentenced to prison.

Good times.

Democrats: the party of organized crime.

VibrioCocci on December 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

On the East Coast, the Democrats, Labor and organized crime are three fingers of the same fist. There is no daylight between the three of them.

catsandbooks on December 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM