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Official Statement on The Nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 31, 2005 The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage, congratulates Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on his nomination to the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Alito has a sterling record of achievement that honors both his family and his country. The son of an Italian immigrant, he was educated at Princeton University and Yale Law School, where he excelled in his studies.

A former prosecutor and Justice Department official, he was appointed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. As President George W. Bush has noted, Judge Alito has more judicial experience than any other U.S. Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years.

The Sons of Italy® commends President George W. Bush on this excellent choice. We would point out that Italian Americans constitute the fifth largest ethnic group in the nation. However, today marks only the second time in our history that a person of Italian heritage has been nominated to serve on the highest court in the land. We thank President Bush for this distinction.

We are proud of Judge Alito's accomplishments and confident in his ability to interpret the Constitution fairly and justly. We wish him every success in his coming nomination hearings.


Vincent Sarno, National President, Order Sons of Italy in America®