“Never, never,” the city’s former Mob boss, Ralph Natale told Fox News. “They were told if you do one thing it will be the end of us for all time. This is their chance to become human beings.”
Natale, born and raised in the South Philadelphia neighborhood that is the city’s mafia home base, ruled the Philadelphia mob in the late 1990s. He flipped and testified for the government against his reputed successor, Joe “Skinny Joey” Merlino in 2000, after pleading guilty to racketeering, murder, and drug conspiracy charges. He also admitted to eight gangland murders. He says organized crime may resort to almost every crime imaginable but putting the fix in for Biden is not one of them.
“The Dems won the election fair and square,” he said.
The prospect that the mafia interfered in the election to tip it to the President-Elect in the key state of Pennsylvania, was first raised on the internet by a Buffalo, N.Y. website and then amplified by several of President Trump’s supporters. Jordan Sekulow, the son of top Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, retweeted the claim that Merlino helped fake 300,000 illegal ballots for Biden, at $10 each, for a $3 million underworld score that handed the state to the Democratic nominee.
Sekulow posted: “Follow all leads #Elections2020 EXCLUSIVE: How a Philly mob boss stole the election -and why he may flip on Joe Biden.”
Besides Natale, authorities and Merlino’s lawyer say the story is not true.
“This claim published by a disreputable website has been thoroughly debunked,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner spokesperson Jane Roh told Fox News.
“Joey is a Trumper and any allegation of fixing this is just completely fiction. Maybe they should write a movie script, this is not reality,” Merlino’s attorney John Meringolo told Fox News. He says his client supports President Trump because “he is against cooperating witnesses and against making uncorroborated deals with snitches, which is what the president is against.”
President Trump’s personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who is also heading the campaign legal efforts, was asked about the possibility of mob election interference during an interview on the Fox Business Network. He said that “although there is an allegation of a mobster involved, but I think it’s a far-fetched one.”
South Philadelphia is largely composed of seven Wards, and the president won only one of them: Ward 26, with 54.9% to Biden’s 44.3%. In all, the neighborhood went for Biden by a margin of about 76.49% to the president’s 22.53%.
One source close to the Philadelphia mobsters told Fox News that the unusual voting block overwhelmingly backs the president because “he is a no-nonsense type of guy.”
Natale has another view, noting that Biden, who was born in the state, has long been a strong union supporter.
“Biden, Biden is a beautiful man. Quiet, he’s nice. He has had suffering in his life, and he is not a braggart,” he said.
In fact, Natale gives the president-elect the highest compliment a made guy can give another one: “he’s a man’s man.”
Natale was not only a member of the Angelo Bruno Philadelphia crime family for decades, but was also the head Bartenders Union Local 170, and says he helped the mob-run the Atlantic City casinos starting when gambling was first legalized in 1976. As a top union official…and mobster, he says he routinely dealt with elected officials and politicians. He was instrumental in helping federal prosecutors nail Camden New Jersey Mayor Milton Milan in 2001 on charges of taking mob payoffs, laundering drug money, and stealing campaign funds.
“They are so easy to bribe they will take an Indian penny. That’s why they become politicians.”
Natale detailed his life in his recent book, “Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale.”
Natale is now working with producer Dan Pearson of Dan4Entertainment (D4E) on telling the story of his mob days for Hollywood, who says “when you peel back the onion, politics and the mob are one in the same.”
As someone who has been on both sides of the law, Natale predicts that President Trump will end up being indicted for what some have alleged could be business fraud charges by New York State prosecutors when he leaves office.
“He’s almost really broke, you’ll see what is going to happen within six months,” Natale says. “I think he is afraid that he will get arrested when is not president anymore. He is what he is. He has conned people…he is just a big liar.”
President Trump and his campaign have continued to push unsubstantiated and false claims about the election in Philadelphia, which have caused Natale to pine for days gone by.
“I remember when I was a little boy, every Italian home in South Philly had a picture of FDR, in a frame, and they put it in the dining room. They loved Franklin Delano Roosevelt, you know why? He called it as it was. He saved this country’s life.”