Joe DioGuardi is running for the U.S. Senate in New York on the Republican ticket against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. He is a certified public accountant and formerly represented New York’s 20th Congressional district in Congress from 1985 to 1989. He is also the father of former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.
DioGuardi recently agreed to answer 8 questions from The Daily Caller’s own S.E. Cupp:
S.E. Cupp (SE): What’s the worst thing you’ve eaten on the campaign trail?
Joe DioGuardi (JD): It’s New York! All the food is good!
SE: You’re put in charge of national unemployment. What do you do?
JD: I would immediately reverse the massive spending legislation that handicaps our businesses. If we want to put New Yorkers back to work, if we want to see economic recovery in America, expenditures need to be cut. We need to give business room to grow and room to create new products and new jobs.
SE: What’s your favorite work of fiction, and why?
JD: “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift: it is a great political satire about the corruption and incompetence of governmental elites in Europe, and their failure to represent the people.
SE: You can sing any karaoke song and kill it. Which one do you pick?
JD: “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
SE: Politicians are much maligned in America right now. If you want some love, why not go into the NFL or hip hop?
JD: It is not about being loved, but it is about doing good for your community.
SE: Who would you want to play you in a movie?
JD: Robert DeNiro
SE: Your house is going up in flames and you can save one (non-living) thing. What is it?
JD: Family albums
SE: If you can make one promise to voters, what would it be?
JD: I promise to work every single day to make certain that New Yorkers have the freedom to once again climb out of a recession and grab hold of the American dream.