Join the cause: Fresh veggies for Vince!

Vince Fumo and girlfriend, Carolyn Zinni
Vince Fumo and girlfriend, Carolyn Zinni (CLEM MURRAY / Staff)
Posted: January 22, 2013

Vince Fumo used to be able to move political mountains. Now, he needs his fiancée 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, fiancée 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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