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Official Statement: Sons of Italy® Reaction to "Scalito" Tag

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 31, 2005

A person's racial, religious or ethnic heritage should never be an issue in a Supreme Court nomination process. Calling attention to Judge Samuel Alito's Italian heritage is, therefore, highly inappropriate and trivializes the significant national, legalistic and historical matter at hand.

The facts are that President Bush has nominated a jurist of impeccable credentials to the highest court in the land, who happens to be of Italian descent. Judge Alito's ethnic heritage should be treated with respect rather than be used to further various political agendas.

ATTRIBUTE TO:

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

The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) is the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian descent in the United States. Established in 1905 OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast.

OSIA is a non-partisan organization that works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit OSIA on the Web at www.osia.org.