The slurs are never ending.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A new “Mafia war” has broken out, and it’s got nothing to do with wiseguys’ wives or video games.
The Staten Island Tea Party is up in arms after state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) called the group the “new Mafia” on her personal Facebook page.
“So much for civil discourse,” said Tea Party organizer Frank Santarpia, a Huguenot resident.
But Ms. Savino said she can say what she wants on her private Facebook, on which Santarpia is one of her friends.
“My Facebook, my opinion,” she said. “If you don’t like the raw, uncut Diane Savino, tune to my official Senate site.”
In a post this morning, Ms. Savino invited her 4,000-plus personal Facebook followers to “Meet the New Mafia,” and linked to a New York Times editorial critical of the role that Tea Party lawmakers have had in the debt-ceiling negotiations.
“To compare a grass-roots movement of ordinary Americans, one that is concerned with putting our country’s fiscal house in order, to an organized crime syndicate whose tactics include murder and extortion is beyond the pale,” said Santarpia.
Santarpia pointed out that Ms. Savino, who has served as the head of the New York Conference of Italian-American Legislators, last year slammed GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino for using an anti-Italian slur against Democrat Andrew Cuomo.