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Official OSIA Statement on the Confirmation of Judge Samuel A. Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 31, 2006

"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 appointment to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

"OSIA also commends President George W. Bush on this excellent choice. 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 will serve on the highest court in the land. We thank President Bush for this distinction.

"We would also like to thank the senators, on both sides of the aisle, who supported Judge Alito's candidacy.

"A special commendation is also given to those OSIA members and supporters, including our state Grand Lodges and the chairs of our anti-defamation arm, the Sons of Italy® Commission for Social Justice®, who contacted their senators to express support of Judge Alito.

"We are confident that given Judge Alito's character and legal preparation, he will be a fair and impartial justice who will serve the highest court in the land with honor."

ATTRIBUTE TO:

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