Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni — the “Quarter-Ton Sex-Offender” who was elected three times as Republican Committeeman for New Jersey’s North Ward after being convicted of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl he got liquored up in the back room of his Trenton restaurant — is one of those Conservative Babylonians whose story just plain sticks in our collective craw: He was sentenced to 15 years in prison but served only a measly three.
Thus, certainly unfairly but most unashamedly, we’re happy to see him up on charges of anything else — that’s how bugged we are that he’s been allowed to walk around free all these years (since 1985, when he was paroled, having nearly avoided prison altogether; his lawyer argued that his massive, and asthmatic, 565-pound bulk should amount to a get-out-of-jail-free card). (more…)
It looks like possession really is nine points of the law — either that, or Nanette Kinkade is more interested in raking in a whopping $11,000-a-month rent from her dead boor of a husband’s bit o’ fluff, Amy Pinto-Walsh, than she is about preserving the sanctity (or even the image) of her ordained-by-God widowhood: (more…)
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ConBab readers and and Trentonians from way back will remember Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, a.k.a. “The Quarter-Ton Sex-Offender,” the morbidly obese restaurateur (JoJo’s Steakhouse, Trenton, New Jersey) and Republican Committeeman — elected three times, after he was convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in a back room of his restaurant in 1978 (which makes you wonder about the “values” of his supporters) — who tried to avoid prison by saying he’d never survive life on the inside due to his weight (then 565 pounds) and his purported asthma. That ploy was blown to bits after he was spotted enjoying himself at a boxing match surrounded by “a cloud of cigar smoke.” (more…)
Claims to fame: Former member, Wasilla, Alaska, City Council; son of Alaska state senator Linda Menard (R-Wasilla) and the late Curt Menard, state legislator and mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (and “friend of the Palin family”); former administrative assistant to to Sarah “Half-Term” Palin; former director, Alaska Railroad (appointed by Palin); member, Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board; failed mayoral candidate, Wasilla; Tea Party icon so embarrassing, even the Teabaggers wanted him out of office; disgusting drunk; two-time convicted criminal (more…)
Claims to fame: Longtime GOP mouthpiece; spokesman for such Republicans as Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, Gov. Arne Carlson, and “family values” (read: rabidly anti-gay) state House rep Steve Drazkowski; failed candidate for U.S. House (1992); failed candidate for Minnesota Senate (1996); Sarah Palin defender; founder & president, Twin Bluff Creative P.R. company; grandfather; convicted john (more…)
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It took six years, but we knew we’d hear of Karl Brabenec again. As we wrote about one of our charter inductees into the Conservative Babylon Hall of Shame in 2003: (more…)
UPDATE: “Raided: Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, Brother & Child Molester Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni,” July 18, 2012
Claims to fame: Morbidly obese restaurateur (JoJo’s Steakhouse, Trenton, New Jersey); Republican Committeeman, Trenton North Ward; convicted child molester
Moral apex: In 1980, the then-565-pound 33-year-old was convicted of “carnally abusing and debauching the morals of a 14-year-old girl” “after forcing her to drink liquor in the back room of Mr. Giorgianni’s restaurant … in 1978,” and was sentenced to prison for 15 years — but was released on parole in 1985, after serving just three years. (more…)
Claims to fame: Republican Colorado Springs (Co.) City Council member, 2001; thief; porn addict
Moral apex: Convicted on 16 felony counts and two misdemeanor charges…
But: None of his convictions involve sex crimes; instead, he was nailed for bouncing checks, charging pizzas to his state-issued credit card, and stealing and pawning city-owned equipment, including his city-owned computer.
Why he’s here: Because he was also a habitual (some might suggest addicted) Internet porn surfer — using, of course, his city-owned computer, on city time.
Fun fact: He was also sued for failing to pay off his campaign debts.
Memorable “Want some cheese with that whine?” quote:
“Everyone in the Republican Party can break the rules except me.”
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Wingate:
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
— Mark 7:22-23
First published December 8, 2003
Claims to fame: Respectively, President and Recording Secretary, Orange County Young Republicans; idiots
Moral apex: Probably haven’t hit their apex(es) yet, but have already made names for themselves by distributing fliers at 2003 Young Republicans national convention for “Karlpalooza ’03,” party offering “lots of beer, liquor and sex.”
Consequences: Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel shut down YR convention’s “hospitality suites.” Brabenec sacked by boss, Orange County Executive Edward Diana. Karalis asked to resign from Orange County Foreign Trade Zone board.
Suggested Bible reading for Messrs. Brabenec and Karalis:
The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof. The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
— Isaiah 19:13-14