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Franco honors heritage, brings justice to Governor's Council
October 26, 2012
As the descendant of immigrants, Franco believes in hard work, honesty and honor, not using his heritage as an excuse for legal troubles.
Holyoke resident and candidate for Governor’s Council Mike Franco has worked hard all his life, serving his country and fellow veterans. Instead of blaming mistakes on his heritage, Franco took the lessons learned in both the military and private sectors to his quest for fair, honest judges as he runs for Governor’s Council, 8th District.
Meanwhile, his opponent, Mike Albano, maintains that he was investigated by the FBI because of his Italian heritage. Albano has been quoted as saying that the FBI took interest in him as part of "being an Italian-American," according to published reports in BusinessWest. Albano suggested that the corruption he presided over in Springfield had nothing to do with the FBI’s decision.
"The truth is, the FBI didn’t care about Mr. Albano’s heritage," said Franco. "To imply that they did takes all Italian-Americans back to the Sacco and Vanzetti days, which are long gone, and shows a disregard on Mr. Albano’s part of law enforcement."
Franco points to the accomplishments of today’s Italian-Americans, including U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia, former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
"Italian-Americans have made great strides in the last century, and Mr. Albano’s comments diminish our accomplishments," Franco said. "It’s a slap in the face to law enforcement and insulting tothe Italian-American community to imply that we are not capable of honest work."
Franco has never made excuses for his heritage. As the hardworking, civic-minded grandson of Italian, Polish, and Swedish immigrants, Franco has earned a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College (now Westfield State University), as well as an MBA from the University of Texas. He served 23 years in the Air Reserve Forces, including the Massachusetts Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. Franco retired with the rank of major and now serves as a veterans’ services officer for Holyoke.
As a member of Governor’s Council, Franco’s respect for the judicial process will guide his confirmations. Instead of looking for a scapegoat, Franco will look for the most qualified judges and members of high state boards to serve the interests of the Commonwealth and its residents.