Vince Fumo used to be able to move political mountains. Now, he
needs his fiancé to campaign to get him a banana.
Still looking after the apple of her South Philadelphia eye even
while he's away in a federal prison, fiancé Carolyn Zinni has launched
an online campaign to get her convicted true love and his fellow
federal inmates a piece of broccoli with dinner.
"Because My Loved one is away in a Federal Prison Camp and has NOT
had a piece of fruit or fresh vegetable in almost 4 YEARS !!" Zinni
wrote on a petition filed on the website change dot org, where it had
gathered 20 signatures by Tuesday morning.
"I thought Michelle Obama was all about health and fresh foods for
schools. What about prisons ? Are these men and woman less valuable ?
This is just wrong !!"
Zinni is calling her movement "Real Food For Felons" and wants 100
signatures from people who agree that prison inmates should have fresh
fruits and vegetables available at every meal.
"We Americans base health on the basic food groups and if you do not
offer this to inmates they will die or worse have heart attacks and
strokes and cost our government much more in the end," the petition
reads. She sent out an e-mail blast via the website Tuesday morning.
Among the displayed signers Tuesday morning was Philadelphia
advertising executive Elliott Curson, who wrote "It's a matter of
staying healthy" Fern Polaski of Philadelphia, who wrote, "Health
Issues," and Steven Liggett of Newark Ohio, who opined, "If you're not
going to kill them any time soon; you are obliged to treat them
Fumo, 69, for two decades Philadelphia's most powerful state
legislator, marked his third anniversary behind bars Aug. 31. He is
serving a term of five years and one month on corruption charges. He
recently put millions in real estate holdings in Zinni's name. Fumo is
on track for release to a halfway house next summer and with time off
for good behavior, final release on Feb. 2, 2014.