Two Italian American Democrats are targeted races in DCCC’s Red-To-Blue Program

September 28, 2012 – Two candidates endorsed by the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council have been selected for the DCCC’s Red-to-Blue Program.

Both Nick Lampson for the TX-14 and Dan Maffei for the NY-24 have been identified as top priorities for Democrats by qualifying for the DCCC’s Red-to-Blue Program. This program introduces Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates to in order to expand their support base. As members of Red to Blue, Maffei and Lampson will now receive additional financial, communication, grassroots, and strategic support from the DCCC.

Nick Valentino Lampson is a second-generation Italian-America. All four of his grandparents came to the U.S. from Sicily near the turn of the century, and settled in Stafford, Texas. His paternal grandparents, Giovanni Lampsona of Salemi, Sicily, and Mary DeCourte of Poggioreale, Sicily, had farms and were founding members of their Catholic church. His maternal grandparents were Francis LaMonico and Giacomo Jebbia of Alcamo, Sicily.

Dan Maffei’s great grandfather, Carmine Maffei, immigrated from a tiny village outside Naples, and earned his citizenship fighting for the US in WWI. Dan’s family has been in Syracuse ever since as small business owners, educators and a doctor.

Both Maffei and Lampson have served in the U.S. House of Representatives previously. Lampson is running in a different district than before, although due to redistricting it does contain some of his old constituency. Maffei is working to take back his old seat which was lost in the 2010 Republican wave. Both candidates have emerged as the front runners in fundraising, with Lampson out raising his opponent 2 to 1. Both currently maintain the cash-on-hand advantage. This indicates that these two seats can be picked up by Democrats.

“Lampson and Maffei both show strength in polling and we believe both of these Italian Americans will be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives come November,” said Bob Blancato, Chairman of the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council.

For almost twenty years, the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council has been the national voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party — the national political action committee supporting candidates for Congress and major statewide offices, reaching out to Italian American voters for their presidential candidates, and promoting the appointment of Italian Americans at the national level. To learn more visit

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