Letter to the Editor: Partisanship Has Become Thicker than Hellenic Heritage

FILE - Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis hugs her father, George, after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Photo: TNH/Costas Bej

To the Editor:

In his column “So Much for Greeks Sticking Together: They Didn’t in NY” (Nov. 25), Constantinos Scaros wonders why the Greek-American community did not do more to support the campaign of Nicole Malliotakis for mayor of New York City, and invites readers to comment. Here is mine.

In 1972, my father and I, both lifelong Democrats voted for Richard Nixon. It was the first time ever that either of us had voted for a Republican. The reason was Spiro Agnew. We proudly, to our later sorrow, stepped forward for one of our own. In 1988, I expected my Republican fellow Hellenes to return the favor. They didn’t. They put their newfound tribalism before their heritage. And Michael Dukakis lost.

Why are you surprised that the Democratic Hellenes returned the favor? Sadly, the day of Hellenes First is over. We are now members of the American tribes. The next time a Republican official sides with the Turks, watch what our Republican Greek “brothers” do.

By the way, if I lived in New York, I would have voted for a Republican a second time. My third-generation Hellenic blood still runs deep.

Dr. ThanasieVrettas

Novi, MI