Wagner insults Italians and weasels

Steven Greenhut: Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine, got himself in a bit of a scuffle after he made a Soprano’s reference in his talk defending redevelopment agencies. Actually, Wagner rightly compared some of the tactics of these agencies to the Mafia, which then drew the ire of Anthony Portantino, an Italian-American Democrat from La Canada-Flintridge, who demanded an apology. Wagner gave a weird apology that was more insulting than his original remarks, saying he would “apologize to any Italian-Americans who are not in the Mafia and engaged in insurance scams.” But Wagner, despite his attacks on redevelopment agencies, voted to try to save them. He later changed his no on AB26x1, which would eliminate the agencies on a simple majority vote, to an abstention. I was going to call him a weasel, but that’s an insult to weasels.

JUNE 15

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  1. Kyle
    Kyle 16 June, 2011, 15:38

    As an Italian-American I’m not at all offended by what Wagner said. We all know that Tony Soprano is a criminal gangster and anybody with a brain knows that Wagner wasn’t attempting to malign Italian-Americans. Portantino dived right in to the usual “cry race, cry ethnicity” crap that the Democrats have been pulling since the 1970s. It’s outrageous and done to impede dissent and chill debate.

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  2. DAGO WOP
    DAGO WOP 20 June, 2011, 13:26

    I’M NOT OFFENDED AS AN ITALIAN AMERICAN EITHER AND HERE IS WHY? THERE ARE SOME WHO FORGOT JUST WHO THEY ARE -AND DO US WORSE THEN ANYONE FROM THE OUTSIDE. WHAT HE SAID MIGHT OF BEEN BASED ON A FICTIONAL CHARACTER BUT IT DOESN’T TAKE THE TRUTH OUT OF THE LOW LIFE TACTICS USED BY POLITICIANS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE.

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