Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Republican opponent, labeled the left-wing lawmaker as “creator of increased crime“—But in reality, the GOP candidate’s family was part of an illegal activity she laments.
One Snopes investigation It was revealed earlier this year that Tina Forte has a long history of flirting with violent factions of the political right: post picture on social media hers with the leader of Proud Boys gangTo share QAnon Flavored Sloganand even participate in events around the January 6 rally of Donald Trump that culminated in a bloody riot through the US Capitol. But as a candidate for Congress, Forte has cast himself as a more conventional Republican, showcasing his small business ownership background and appealing to concerns about family crime rates. increased, which she blamed on bail laws that New York State liberalized after a wave of progress four years ago.
“The AOC and her socialist allies have fueled the sabotage of our police and disastrous ‘bail reform’ policies have led to a dizzying increase in crime in New York,” Forte’s affirmative site. “Tina and her husband started off with soda delivery and went on to build their own beverage delivery company. Now, they are not only creating jobs but also empowering others to create their own businesses. “
Forte revisited these themes in conservative media appearances shortly after she won the Republican nomination for the overwhelming Democratic seat, which included parts of Queens and Queens. Bronx.
“I grew up here, I own a business here, I raise my family here. I see the difference,” she said in one Fox News Interview in August. “We have criminals who are on immediate release as a result of bail reform supported by the AOC.”
She plays almost identical notes on Newsmax.
“I talked to a lot of people in the district. I was born there, raised there, my family is there, I have my business here: I know this county. And I know that the crime is getting out of control,” Forte said, emphasizing what she describes as a pattern of absenteeism and neglect on the part of incumbents.
But what Forte didn’t mention is that her family’s beverage distribution depot was at the heart of a federal drug and gun deal in 2019 — which culminated in her husband and son, both serial criminals.
In one 2020 Facebook Post, Forte locates her business at an address on Stillwell Avenue in the Bronx, and in her financial disclosures to the House Clerk’s office, she said her husband’s income comes from a company was incorporated in this same building.
That is the exact location that a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent has identified as the site of the crimes of Joseph “Joey Snapple” Galdieri — to whom Forte was married, according to records in a suburb of Rockland County, where The couple owns a home outside the congressional district borders — and their son Joseph Galdieri Jr.
In a statement to The Daily Beast, Forte blamed her son, and her husband’s continued involvement was accidental and accidental. She claimed to know nothing of his criminal activities at the time, and said he lived separately from her and her family.
“One of my three children, Joseph, made some very poor decisions. In 2019 at the age of 25, he committed a nonviolent marijuana offense and possessed a firearm. Joseph paid the price, fines, attorney fees and time behind bars,” Forte wrote in a statement to The Daily Beast. “As for my husband, he was not aware of our son’s crimes. He was only charged because my son used our place of business for a marijuana delivery. “
This feature, however, contrasts with FBI agents’ accounts of the father and son’s activities, as they recount the contents of wiretapped calls and security footage from inside the beverage center. In the criminal complaint, the agent describes the son arranging the release of $150,000 worth of marijuana over the phone when the camera caught his father walking right behind him in the warehouse’s office. .
The representative also cited additional tapes recording the meeting of Galdieri Sr. with his accomplice bringing a truck of weeds to the distribution center, and handing him a black plastic bag filled with cash.
Upon searching the site, federal agents discovered a semi-automatic pistol with its serial number illegally worn, in a drawer that Galdieri Sr. opened and fired several times in the security roll.
Because both Galdieris had felony convictions – the younger had already faced drug charges in multiple states and the father was convicted of second-degree assault – neither of them were allowed to possess firearms under the law. state or federal law.
Begging for one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, eldest brother Galdieri received a sentence last fall, plus two years of probation and the forfeiture of $20,000 in proceeds from the scheme.
Junior, meanwhile, was facing gun charges and received 18 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Efforts to get him appear soon this June failurewith the judge noting that he “continued to commit the offences even after being released before trial,” by continuing to deal in marijuana.
However, Forte told The Daily Beast, her son is now free, thanks to good behavior and volunteer work with older inmates.
“As a result, my son’s life was turned upside down. My son knows he has no chance for me anymore,” Forte wrote. “His mistakes are better stopped or he will have to worry more than the police.”
Notably, one point where Ms. Forte’s website relaxes its law and order stance is calling for the “deletion of records on nonviolent charges against marijuana possession,” arguing that the State of New York legalized recreational marijuana use in 2021. However, the state still does not allow the sale of the drug without a license, and Ms. Forte’s website does not talk about the federal gun charges or the federal gun charges. violent crimes like her husband’s 2013 rap. Her son’s attorney files show his previous felony conviction in New York involved controlled substances other than marijuana.
“This experience gave me insight into the reforms we desperately need, including getting rid of marijuana, eliminating marijuana violations, and restoring the rights of nonviolent offenders.” Forte wrote in her statement to The Daily Beast.