My dad the asshole
Dad to son: Join GOP or else
01:35 PM CST on Saturday, March 11, 2006
By KRISTEN HOLLAND / The Dallas Morning News
Blood may be thicker than water, but does it trump political allegiance?
Ted Gambordella and his 17-year-old son, Teddy, don't see eye to eye on politics. Mr. Gambordella says he won't pay for Teddy's college unless he becomes a Republican.
Not for the father and son duo of Ted and Teddy Gambordella.
Ted Gambordella dislikes the idea that his only son, a Highland Park High junior, is a Democrat. He loathes it so much that he has flat-out refused to pay for his son's college education unless he becomes a Republican.
"Yeah, I'm serious," said Mr. Gambordella, a 57-year-old martial arts expert. "He's got to earn his own way."
That suits Teddy just fine.
The 17-year-old said there's no way he'll switch to the GOP just to get his father's financial backing. He recently started a Web site – onemillionreasonswhy .com – to raise money for college.
"It's not about the money," said Teddy, who spent two years wrestling for W.T. White High before joining Highland Park's team last fall. "It's about spreading knowledge about Bush and his administration and proving my dad wrong. It's more of a principle thing."
The premise is similar to milliondollarhomepage.com, started by a 21-year-old Brit in August to pay for college.
Supporters purchase pixels – dots on a computer screen – as advertising space.
The pixels cost $1 a pop, with a minimum purchase of 100.
With just 10,200 out of a million pixels sold, Teddy has a long way to go.
Debra Gambordella, also a Republican, supports both her son and husband but doesn't want to get into the scuffle. She says becoming a Democrat is a better way to rebel than drinking or doing drugs.
Mr. Gambordella said he may not agree with his son's politics, but he's proud that Teddy is showing initiative. He hopes Teddy's site kick-starts some "intelligent" discussions.
"Democrats are too extreme. If they had some moderate voices," Mr. Gambordella said, his voice trailing off as Teddy's eyes rolled back into his head.
"I could be that voice," the teen suddenly chimed in.
His father chuckled and shook his head.
"He'll grow out of it."
Is this guy a total dick or is he just trying to avoid paying for college? I mean, is he really this blind, or is this just an easy way to raise money. After all, once this becomes news, this kid is going to get his education.
But let's say he's serious, dad is a fucking moron and if 10 years down the road he's not talking to his grandkids. He should be proud of his son for having character and not bending to his insane demand. He can't even vote yet. If this kid has to raise money for college on his own over this, it won't be funny for long.
Because his father jeopardized his future over bullshit. Why should he care how his son votes? And why would he want him to lie about his feelings, most people would just lie and take the money. If he's serious and has the character to do this, his father should be proud. But he won't be.
posted by Steve @ 6:33:00 AM