Thursday, November 27, 2014
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New cause: Fresh veggies for Vince!

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

right."

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.

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