Archive for September, 2011

America… Listen to Your Daughters of 9/11

Marlo Thomas

Award-winning actress, author and activist

Posted: 9/9/11 07:43 AM ET

This week, I had the privilege of sitting down with three remarkable young women who all had parents who died in the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

And here is what I learned: America, you need to listen to your daughters.

They’re tough. Anne Earthman was 11 when her mother died on the 34th floor, 12 when they found her body almost a year later. And that was the day she decided she needed to do something to protect her family and her country. Now she’s 21 and majoring in criminal justice at college; she hopes to someday work at the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

They’re smart. Alexandra Wald, now 23, could have turned away from any mention of the fundamentalist branch of the religion so many blamed for the death of her father. Instead, she studied Arabic and the Islamic faith so she could better understand the broader world and her place in it. She has been an intern at the Department of Homeland Security and she wants to join the intelligence community, so that we never have another 9/11 again.

They’re caring. Susan Esposito Lombardo overcame her grief and anger to start the only bereavement center for kids in Manhattan. After the loss of her beloved father, she wants to insure that no child is left alone and unheard after the death of a parent. A Caring Hand, the center she founded, isn’t just for 9/11 sons and daughters, it’s for children who have lost parents to cancer, car accidents, murder and, yes, terrorism.

None of these women wants to be known as a daughter of 9/11 nor do they want their parents to be known as the victims of 9/11.

“This is not my father’s whole life,” Susan told me.

“I don’t want my father to be remembered as the heavy-set man who couldn’t make it down the stairs and gave up,” Alexandra said in our conversation about news reports of her father’s death. “He was the rock of our family.”

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A Proven Track Record

September 10, 2011

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Supporters:

As the Republican District Leader of the 49th Assembly District I am writing to warn you of a hateful, malicious, and outright ridiculous mailing that you may have received from our opponents.

Differently from the male and female candidates running us, who have little or no political background or any previous involvement in our community affairs, we have raised our voices in strong support of the interests of and in defense of our community. The negative and derogatory comments made about us prove that our opponents have nothing better to offer you!

I will mention one major fact to discredit their attempts and give you yet another example of their despicable intent to cause more damage to our fractured and beleaguered Republican Party in Brooklyn:  In 2001, my running mate Michael Bennette and I were not involved in any political activities in Brooklyn!

In 2010, our opponents had nothing to do with the election of Congressman Michael Grimm. I was the first Republican District Leader, in all of Brooklyn, to endorse Michael Grimm for Congress, and he won his primary in Brooklyn under my leadership, along with the hard work of the dedicated members of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization. The candidate running against Michael Grimm was sponsored and supported by our opponents.

Also in 2010, Joe DioGuardi, the United States Senatorial candidate for the state of New York, not only won his primary in Brooklyn under my leadership, but also won the General election in the 49th Assembly District against Kirsten Gillibrand. Once again our opponents sponsored and supported another candidate.

In 2008, once again under my leadership, John McCain, the Republican candidate for President won in the 49th Assembly District. The 49th AD was one of three Districts in Brooklyn to vote Republican, but we were the only winning District that achieved victory with grassroots campaigning and not with the cross-endorsement of the incumbent elected officials.  The supposed “Red” districts in Brooklyn, voted “Blue”.

Notice the trend?

Here is another fact for you:

NO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES WON IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN IN 2010. NOT ONE. According to the pundits, 2010 was supposed to be a “Republican “year.  Obviously that did not happen in the borough of Brooklyn.

Remember that our opponents have no knowledge or previous experience in our neighborhood. Their opposition to us is based in fictitious and malicious grounds only to further their own personal agendas.

Please vote your conscience on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Please vote for me, LUCRETIA REGINA-POTTER, and my running mate MICHAEL BENNETTE. We have a proven track record of Republican success in our area, we are the REAL and TRUE Republicans of the 49th Assembly District, and we are the official candidates of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization!

Thank you for your continued support.

Lucretia Regina-Potter

Republican District Leader-49 AD

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Editorial-Sept. 13 Endorsements

Regina-Potter For 49th AD Republican District Leader

“We support the reelection of Lucretia Regina-Potter as Republican Female District Leader in the 49th Assembly District in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Ms. Regina-Potter has enjoyed great success as district leader over the past five years. Under her leadership the party infrastructure has been significantly strengthened and she has gone out of her way to demonstrate concern and sensitivity for Jewish issues.”

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