Bob Blancato, IADLC Chair
October 31st, 2013
For Release: Italian American Democratic Leadership Council Endorses Felecia Rotellini for Arizona Attorney General
The Italian American Democratic Leadership Council (IADLC), the voice of Italian Americans in the Democratic Party, endorses Felecia Rotellini for Arizona Attorney General.
The daughter of a first generation Italian American father, Felecia’s Italian heritage has always mattered a tremendous deal to her and has greatly informed her commitment to public service. Her grandfather, Frank Rotellini, emigrated from Abruzzi, Italy in the early 1900s in order to make a name for himself so he could marry Felecia’s grandmother, Paudilla Farella. They had five children: Felecia’s father Anselmo Anthony, along with Angelo, Arnesto, Adeljesia, and Augustino. They eventually settled in northeastern Wyoming because it reminded them of Abruzzi. Felecia’s family has remained there ever since and she grew up surrounded by her relatives in an Italian neighborhood until college. After graduating from Notre Dame Law school, she moved to Phoenix to begin her law career, eventually spending 13 years as a prosecutor in the Arizona Attorney General’s office and has made Arizona her home ever since.
Felecia has dedicated her law career to serving the best interests of the people of Arizona. In 1999, she led an investigation into the audits of a complex Ponzi scheme and returned $217 million to investors who had been cheated. In 2006, Governor Napolitano appointed Felecia as Superintendent of the State Banking Department, now the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). She formed the Mortgage Fraud Task Force that fought to protect consumers from the developing home mortgage crisis. She worked with the Arizona legislature to insure that mortgage loan officers be licensed---to better protect borrowers when applying for a home loan.
In August 2009, Felecia received the "Excellence in Cooperative Law Enforcement" Award, from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, for her agency’s participation in "Operation Cash Back" that indicted 36 individuals involved in mortgage fraud. Her team was then invited to join an FBI task force to further combat financial crimes—the first time a state regulator has been invited to do so. Since then, Felecia has returned to the private sector with Zwillinger Greek & Knecht PC, a Phoenix based firm. She ran for Arizona Attorney General in 2010 and was the top Democratic vote getter before being narrowly defeated by Republican Tom Horne.
In speaking about her heritage and what inspired her towards the law, Felecia stated, “Every day I am inspired by Frank, my grandpa, when I think about his life as an immigrant, an advocate, a father and husband wanting to make a better life for his family. It explains why I loved being an Assistant Attorney General, going after the bad guys, helping ordinary people and making sure law-abiding businesses flourish. As Grandpa would say, fighting the good fight for justice and fairness. These “old school” values of hard work, honesty and giving back were instilled in me by my parents and my Italian grandparents and have been my guiding light.”
The Italian American Democratic Leadership Council is confident that Felecia Rotellini will continue to be an advocate for the people of Arizona and will continue to stand up for them against powerful outside interests.
Visit http://www.feleciaforarizona.com/ to learn more about Felecia and her candidacy for Arizona Attorney General.
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 about the IADLC visit http://www.iadlc.org/.
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