Declared 2016 



Businessman


Robert Dionisio was born in Naples, Italy, but the fact that his mother was at the US Naval hospital at the time entitles him to birthright US citizenship. He was raised in various American locales, including New York City, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He began a long fascination with business management while still in elementary school, when he earned money collecting discarded recyclables and redeeming them for cash. Later, at the age of 12, he supervised a paper route. He has attended two institutions of higher education, first the University of Maryland to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, and later George Washington University to pursue further studies in business and finance. In his professional career, he has owned a large number of businesses in a wide variety of industries, including oil and transportation, and has bought and sold extensively in the real estate market.

Dionisio is running as an Independent candidate with a right-wing political platform, but he is critical of both Republican and Democratic parties – particularly of their historical Presidents. He is an opponent of the most recent Iraq war, and in fact accuses then-President George W Bush of initiating it for personal reasons, as a means of obtaining vengeance against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for embarrassments against both Bush and his father, who also did battle with Iraq during the 1990's. Dionisio says the invasion was a mistake, and that Hussein – whom, he makes no argument, was an evil tyrant – should have been assassinated by US special forces following his attack of Kuwait (the reason George HW Bush went to war in the Middle East). But he loses no love on Democratic Presidents either: Dionisio criticizes Bill Clinton's administration of 1993-2001, too, charging that it weakened the nation against terrorism amidst other failings.

Dionisio is an advocate of budget reform, starting with more careful management of foreign aid to other countries. He says recipients of US generosity often squander the majority of the money they receive, or else pour it into what he calls the “financial bottomless pit” of war.

Domestically, Dionisio strongly supports gun ownership rights, calling them a powerful deterrent against violence. To bolster his argument, he cites the European nation of Switzerland, with its prolifically armed citizenry and one of the world's lowest crime rates; and simultaneously, Washington DC, which despite strict gun control laws has been named the “Murder Capital” of the US. He also references statistics estimating that hundreds of thousands of American women annually are able to avoid being raped due to their possession of firearms.

With his criticisms of budget spending and strong support for gun rights, Dionisio is likely to attract conservative voters. However, his opposition to the Iraq war may displease the same audience, while appealing to political leftists.
 
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