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NY Italian-American Advocate Vows Electoral Retribution over Columbus Statue

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By    |   Sunday, 27 August 2017 05:09 PM

Italian Americans will vote against those politicians who show their hatred of them by seeking to take down the statue of Christopher Columbus in New York, an advocate of the community vowed on Sunday.

Joseph Guagliardo, who is chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian-American Organizations, told host John Catsimatidis on his Sunday radio show “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York that “we are going to remember all those people that hate Italian-Americans and that are [seeking to take down the Columbus statue]… And in the elections, we are going to show them that Italian-Americans do got to the polls, are going to vote and are definitely going to go after the people who are hating Italian-Americans."

Guagliardo was specifically referring to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivirito, who “has now hooked her wagon to the hate train of taking down statues down South, and suddenly just woke up one morning, on the 21st, and decided that the statue of Christopher Columbus should come down also.”

Guagliardo said that “if there is any rhyme or reason to this, you would be able to explain it, but there really is none… as there is no criteria as to which statues should or shouldn’t” be taken down.

He stressed that “If you take any formula, you would end up having to remove all statues.”

Mark-Vivirito told the New York Post that "There obviously has been ongoing dialogue and debate in the Caribbean, particularly in Puerto Rico where I'm from, that there should be no monument or statue of Christopher Columbus, based on what he signifies to the native population."

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