We published a letter last week from Joseph Cerrell, a longtime Democratic operative who's also the president of the National Italian American Foundation. Cerrell's main complaint was that THE WEEKLY STANDARD had targeted Andrew Cuomo, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, for special abuse in a recent article because of Cuomo's Italian roots. (To which THE SCRAPBOOK says, Basta! Cuomo was actually the last member of the Clinton cabinet to get grilled in these pages.) Shortly after the letter was published, we learned something interesting: Andrew Cuomo's mother, Matilda, sits on the board of the National Italian American Foundation. The foundation bills itself as "entirely non-partisan." Does Mr. Cerrell's letter fall into that category?
June 14, 1999 - 12:00 AM