If you remember, we recently reported that Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton tiptoed in controversy by announcing a campaign fundraiser at the Staten Island mansion built by Gambino family don, Paul Castellano. Castellano has long been removed from the mansion, but critics were still skeptical of the move. Clinton gave naysayers more fodder for smear campaigns recently at another fundraiser. This time, the September 24th fundraiser in West Village in Manhattan was hosted by a John A. Zaccaro, Jr.. What’s the problem? Zaccaro was convicted for dealing cocaine back in 1988.
Zaccaro is the son of 1984 Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Geraldine Ferraro. He was sentenced in 1988 to four months in prison for selling coke to an undercover police officer. The Republican National Committee (GOP) was the first to report about Clinton attending the fundraiser hosted by Zaccaro. They quoted a 1988 article from People Magazine:
Zaccaro Was Called The “Pharmacist,” And At Trial An Undercover Police Officer Described How Zaccaro Had Over A Dozen Packets Of Cocaine Meticulously Packaged In ¼, ½, And One Gram Designations. “A year later, Wemette testified, he received an anonymous note containing Zaccaro’s name, address and the word ‘pharmacist.’ He decided to use 22-year-old police officer Laura Manning to test the rumor. Manning said during the trial that she simply walked up to Zaccaro’s off-campus house, knocked on the door, and said that she’d been told she could purchase cocaine there. She said Zaccaro answered, ‘Sure.’ He then proceeded to pull out from under his couch a tray that contained about 15 packets of cocaine marked in¼-,½-and one-gram designations.”