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HOLLYWOOD FILMMAKER & ONE OF NATION’S TOP LEGAL EXPERTS SERVED AS ONE OF DONALD TRUMP’S MOST LOYAL PUBLIC SUPPORTERS – AND WOULD SERVE WELL IN HIS ADMINISTRATION

By SHIRLEY WITHERSPOON

While outgoing President Barack Obama is honoring the likes of anti-Trump activists such as actor Robert DeNiro, the President-Elect’s transition team may be considering a hot Hollywood writer/producer for a position within the new administration or in a position such as a federal court judge or U.S. attorney. A truly one-of-a-kind Boy Wonder who stands out with the greatest of loyalty to Donald Trump, Kenneth Del Vecchio provides the transition team with superior qualifications in multiple fields. A frequent legal analyst for not only major television networks such as Fox News Channel but also Empire State News, this publication has covered his exploits on several occasions. A recent article – “The Extraordinary Ken Del Vecchio, First Congress Candidate in Country to Endorse Donald Trump” – as found directly below, identifies the magnitude of both Del Vecchio’s accomplishments and his unwavering loyalty to Trump.

The last line of Kenneth Del Vecchio’s first novel, the best-seller Pride & Loyalty, is “You can’t be loyal to everyone at once because then you’re loyal to no one at all.” Del Vecchio, who has consistently been called a modern-day Renaissance Man (and an unwieldy ego maniac) by media, says, “That’s the definition of loyalty. You can’t be everyone’s best friend. Loyalty is the most important – and best – word in my dictionary.”

And what’s the worst? “Jealousy,” Del Vecchio said, “I don’t understand the concept of jealousy. It’s for insecure losers who wish they were me. There are people who are wealthier than me, and who are more famous than me. And I am happy for them and their successes. But there’s no person walking the Earth who has a greater list of accomplishments than me. Just a few people tied over the history of time.”

That’s a bold and very confident statement. Others would characterize it as conceited and obnoxious. Either way, hard facts back up Del Vecchio’s boasts.

Del Vecchio has written, directed and produced over 30 movies that star numerous Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees, serving as the CEO of Justice For All Productions. His movies are distributed by industry powerhouses such as Anchor Bay, Millennium Entertainment, Cinedigm, and NBCUniversal. He is the author of some of the nation’s best-selling legal books, writing a series of 1,300+ page criminal codebooks for Pearson Education/Prentice Hall and ALM. He’s a best-selling criminal suspense novelist, inking out that first book as a 24-year-old law student and then following with multiple others.

Del Vecchio is also the founder and chairman of Hoboken International Film Festival, called by FOX, Time Warner and others “One of the 10 biggest film festivals in the world.” He’s also a former judge, a former prosecutor, and a criminal lawyer who has tried an astounding amount of cases (in excess of 400); he was noted as the youngest attorney in New Jersey history to try and win a felony jury trial. He’s taught a few thousand police officers and lawyers criminal law at high priced seminars, and he’s been a frequent legal analyst on Fox News and other leading networks. If all of his professional accomplishments aren’t enough, Del Vecchio has won over 50 bench press competitions, at his best lifting 450 pounds while weighing just 175 pounds.

All of these feats are rattled off by Del Vecchio himself at the onset of his weekly radio show on regional FM network WTBQ and have been previously profiled by Empire State News (and Del Vecchio has often served as a legal analyst for this publication). But Empire State News has just joined a long line of major media who have covered Del Vecchio and his accomplishments over the last 20 years. Some notables include the following highlighted feature articles and television appearances: “The Colbert Report”, The Daily Beast, FOX, CBS, CNN, NBC, Radar Online, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, who wrote “As usual, Mr. Del Vecchio was larger than life.”

Legendary actor Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas; Nixon) called Del Vecchio “an extraordinary man.” Two-time Academy Award nominee Charles Durning (Tootsie; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) exclaimed that “Kenneth Del Vecchio would make a great president!” Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (The Expendables; The Pope of Greenwich Village) stated that “Kenneth Del Vecchio is the only judge I ever agreed with in personal conversation. He’s got some great views about freedom and liberty…and he’s a little bit nuts!” TV star Joyce DeWitt (”Three’s Company”) declared that Del Vecchio has “a vision and concept based on excellence and integrity.” Academy Award nominee Robert Loggia (Scarface; Big) said of Del Vecchio: “The man is honest. Hard-working. Talented. And oh so intelligent.” And U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer – yes, the top dog Democrat from New York – proclaimed, “Del Vecchio is a man you can see, with the movies he is involved with, with the friends he has, he has a great mind and he also has a big heart.”

So Del Vecchio is indeed that modern-day Renaissance Man – and well-recognized in the Hollywood community as a leading filmmaker. But what many people don’t know about Del Vecchio – although it just happened – is that he ran for Congress. And, contrary to his Hollywood pedigree, he ran as a Republican. His candidacy was this year, in New York’s 18th congressional district. Originally, there were seven GOP candidates in the mix, but Del Vecchio muscled the field down to just two: him and the establishment’s choice (an aide to a local county executive). Del Vecchio ultimately lost the primary, but won over 50% of the district (his home Orange County), winning some towns with as much as 75% of the vote. Del Vecchio was perhaps the most brash, hard-hitting and “tell it like it is” candidate running in the congressional races; he took on the local establishment with great fanfare. He was entertaining, to say the least – his announcement video was portrayed as “shocking.” The headline of his first press release was “Del Vecchio Says GO SCREW to Socialist Policies, Big Government and the Politically Correct.” And he sang – no kidding, he sang – in a reality show/mockumentary (that is slated to soon be hitting networks) about himself: “I’m so muscular. I’m so beautiful. I’m so glad I came into my life.”

But here’s the most notable component of his Congress campaign:

Ken Del Vecchio was the first Congress candidate in the country to endorse Donald Trump for president.

See that same announcement video on his campaign website, where on December 15, 2015, Del Vecchio launched his campaign endorsing Trump. At the time, no governor, U.S. senator or congressman (or candidate for any of those offices) had endorsed Trump. But Del Vecchio – in addition to his video declaration – put it in writing in that first press release, saying “And oh, by the way, allow me to be the first congressman (or one on the way) to publicly endorse Donald Trump for president. I look forward to running with the gentleman. He means what he says, and he says what he means. And he’s one hell of a success story. It’s time for a new kind of leadership. One with great values. One with great strength. And one where we win.”

Now this is where Del Vecchio’s all-important loyalty really came into play. While local establishment leaders, early in the campaign, repeatedly offered to ensure Del Vecchio the party line if he backed off his support of Trump, Del Vecchio flatly told them all, “No.” Instead of acceding to the party bosses’ wishes, he accepted the role of serving as the District 18 and Orange County Chairman of the New York Trump campaign.

On the same day Del Vecchio announced his candidacy for Congress, his campaign received an email from David DiPietro, New York State Co-Chair of the Trump Presidential Campaign, stating, “I have been asked by Mr. Trump to organize NYS for the presidential primary in April. I would like to know if Ken would like to join Mr. Trump’s team?” Del Vecchio immediately responded in the affirmative. Less than a month later (on January 7), he received another email from DiPietro, who is also a New York State Assemblyman, pronouncing, “You are on the ‘A’ team!…You are a ‘Chairman’ of your County/Congressional District.”

From there, Del Vecchio was a relentless beast in support of Trump’s candidacy. He personally went door-to-door to over 1,000 households in his congressional district. He appeared on Fox News Channel to herald Trump, and did substantial local media interviews in Trump’s support, including radio interviews he orchestrated where he was joined by DiPietro and other Trump campaign officials. Del Vecchio even had an Op Ed titled “NY District 18 Trump Chair Ken Del Vecchio Predicts Big Victory in Hudson Valley“, published in Empire State News.

Del Vecchio’s efforts paid off. Trump received 70% of the vote in Orange County and more than 67% of the overall vote in District 18 in the New York presidential primary. Del Vecchio’s inexorable stumping for Trump helped lead District 18 to being one of the top five Trump winningest congressional districts in the state (and it had the highest vote total of the those top five districts).

After the primary, Del Vecchio continued his unwavering support for Trump, defending him voraciously when necessary. In contributing to Empire State News as a legal analyst for the article “Ten Factors That Show Groping Allegations Are False”, Del Vecchio stated: “It’s not just 15 minutes of fame that they can derive from making up these stories; riches, in many manners can result. One can envision settlements of lawsuits, book deals, and movie productions. Out of over 200 million Americans, it is quite rational to conclude that maybe eight or so people would have this type of monetary/fame motive to conjure up such salacious accounts. It is extremely likely that these women are outright lying. And none of what I am saying is rooted in the fact that I was the first Congress candidate in the country to endorse Donald Trump. It is simply rooted in the pursuit to seek justice. This is perhaps the weakest and most pathetic of allegations I have ever witnessed.”

Del Vecchio also came to the defense of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, writing another Op Ed for Empire State News. In that piece, he decried dubious allegations of simple assault levied by a reporter saying, “This case is total nonsense – and it should be dismissed as quickly as the charges were filed.”

Notwithstanding his tenacious advocacy and prodigious expertise, Del Vecchio won’t be appointed Trump’s attorney general (that’s likely reserved for one of Del Vecchio’s legal heroes, Jeff Sessions or Rudy Giuliani), but he definitely would be a great benefit to the country in some other high level legal position in the administration. Maybe as a U.S. attorney, a deputy AG, part of the White House legal counsel team, or as a federal court judge. Del Vecchio hasn’t said if he would leave the entertainment industry for a post, though, and further noted, “By the way, President Trump hasn’t appointed me to anything and I wouldn’t be that presumptuous. But if the President called, I sure would answer that phone call.”

Del Vecchio’s opinions are obviously quite intense, and they lack ambiguity. He has some very strong, open – and many times inflammatory – thoughts about people in and out of the Trump campaign.

He has repeatedly praised the highly controversial longtime Trump advisor, Roger Stone. “The guy is a maverick, a pioneer in political consulting. He has single-handedly swung elections. Remember the Bush-Gore election? It was Stone’s ingenuity that ripped off that final chad and turned it into a Bush victory. The man has ball$, and he’s a true genius.”

That’s quite a statement, coming from Del Vecchio, who himself has a 180 IQ.

“I’m nothing in the political world compared to Roger Stone. In his early twenties, he was a player in the Nixon administration,” Del Vecchio paused, “God, I love Nixon.” He paused again and then continued, “Then Stone, behind-the-scenes, captained numerous winning Republican campaigns, employing the greatest of crafty maneuvers in the history of politics. Critics say he’s dirty in his mechanisms. I say his critics are jealous losers. And let’s not forget, Stone was the guy advising and pushing Donald Trump from the getgo. He’s been called the Dark Knight behind President Trump. So be it. He’s the knight you want jousting in your campaign corner, and he’s the one you don’t want to be jousted by if he’s not – because then you will be slayed.

“Stone tweeted for me in my Congress campaign. That meant a ton to me. He’s got a huge entertainment production that will soon be on the big screen. And I will be helping in the success of that production in many ways.”

Del Vecchio, who says that he really was nothing more than a mid-level player in the Trump campaign, seemingly has no problem putting that monstrous ego aside to recognize others as “much bigger and more important personnel for President Trump’s victory,” including some obvious ones such as Kellyanne Conway, Newt Gingrich, Reince Preibus, Mike Pence, Ben Carson, Stephen Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Paul, Sarah Palin, Stone, Giuliani, Lewandowski, Melania Trump and all of Trump’s children and their spouses like Jared Kushner. And he also pointed to some other staffers and surrogates as “having a key, substantial impact”: Hope Hicks, Mike Flynn, Steven Mnuchin, Michael Glassner, Katrina Pierson, Stuart Jolly, Rick Wiley, John Mashburn, Omarosa Manigault, Jim Murphy, Alan Cobb, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Michael Biundo, Doug Davenport, Jason Miller, Brian Jack, Daniel Scavino, Barry Bennett, Mike McSherry, Justin McConney, Sam Clovis, Kayleigh McEnany, and David Bossie. “I don’t personally know many of these people,” Del Vecchio said, “But I do know the very important roles they played and I’m very impressed with their work.”

On the flip side, Del Vecchio has blasted numerous GOP establishment stars for being “weak”, “phonies”, “jealous buffoons”, and “morons who lack any semblance of intellect.” Some who have been hit with his wrecking ball are South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But Del Vecchio doesn’t stop with those who outright condemned Trump, saying “What’s really troubling are all of these frightened wimps who failed to support Donald Trump during the primary, tepidly came on board after he won the primary, then bolted when things got hot. He might have to work with these people and I’m sure he will work well with them, but they can’t be trusted. Never.”

To some, Del Vecchio is a vicious adversary. To many, he is a self-centered, rude (and sometimes crude) jerk. But to many others – and at Empire State News – Del Vecchio is a favorite. He’s wickedly smart, legitimately doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, tough as nails, maddeningly straightforward, fun as hell to watch and, most important, loyal.

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Patrick Rowan, Jessie Liu, Ronald Tenpas,  Mira Ricardel, Ray Washburne, Dan DiMicco, Paul Atkins, Christine Toretti, Michael Korbey, Shirley Ybarra, James F. Manning, Williamson Evers, David Bernhardt, Paul Winfree, Linda Springer, Jonathan Beck, Thomas Carter, Michael Duffey, William Hartzog, Justin Johnson, Earl Matthews, Sergio de la Pena, Greg Gardner, Erin Walsh, Jackie Wolcott, Ashley Bell, Charles Glazer, Christopher Burnham, Stephen Groves, Marshall Billingslea, Mark Scraba, Thomas Higgins, Sven Kramer, Tera Dahl, Kiron Skinner, David Bohigian, Joan Maginnis, Tom Leppert, Curtis Dubay, Judy Shelton, Mauricio Claver-Carone, Mark Jamison, Mary Ann Bradfield, Robert Lighthizer, Sandra Luff, Mike Ference, Townsend McNitt, Ed Feulner, Jamie Burke, and Hope HicksMike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Michael Flynn,  Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Reince Preibus, Rick Dearborn, Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, Pam Bondi, Chris Collins, Anthony Scaramucci, Tom Marino, Rebekah Mercer, Kellyanne Conway, Steven Mnuchin, Devin Nunes, Peter Thiel, Ron Nicol, Ado Machida,  David Malpass, Ken Blackwell, Keith Kellogg, Ed Meese, Kay Coles James, Beth Kaufman, Andrew Bremberg, Carlos Diaz Rosillo,  Bert Mizusawa, Danielle Cutrona, Jim Carter, Rob Gordon, Rolf Lundberg, Gerard Robinson, Martin Whitmer, Brian Johnson, Paula Stannard, Bill Chatfield, Ken Klukowski, James Carafano, Jeffrey Eisenach, Kris Kobach, Trae Stephens, Robert Smith Walker, Cindy Hayden, Ronald Burgess, William Walton, Myron Ebell, Steve Hart, Alan Cobb, Brian Benczkowski, Zina Bash, Greg Katsas, James Burnham, William Cleveland, J. Patrick Rowan, Jessie Liu, Ronald Tenpas,  Mira Ricardel, Ray Washburne, Dan DiMicco, Paul Atkins, Christine Toretti, Michael Korbey, Shirley Ybarra, James F. Manning, Williamson Evers, David Bernhardt, Paul Winfree, Linda Springer, Jonathan Beck, Thomas Carter, Michael Duffey, William Hartzog, Justin Johnson, Earl Matthews, Sergio de la Pena, Greg Gardner, Erin Walsh, Jackie Wolcott, Ashley Bell, Charles Glazer, Christopher Burnham, Stephen Groves, Marshall Billingslea, Mark Scraba, Thomas Higgins, Sven Kramer, Tera Dahl, Kiron Skinner, David Bohigian, Joan Maginnis, Tom Leppert, Curtis Dubay, Judy Shelton, Mauricio Claver-Carone, Mark Jamison, Mary Ann Bradfield, Robert Lighthizer, Sandra Luff, Mike Ference, Townsend McNitt, Ed Feulner, Jamie Burke, and Hope Hicks.

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