Teamsters Coalition Condemns Jimmy Hoffa JokesAP , Associated Press
Oct. 3, 1989 2:30 PM ET
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A coalition of New Jersey Teamsters denounced politicians who make light of former union leader Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance.
Delegates to a legislative conference of the 100,000-member Teamsters Joint Council 73 approved a resolution Monday that calls for an end to the jokes.
''If you don't have any respect for the man, then think at least about his family. I don't know how they can stand it,'' said Anthony Rizzo, business manager of Teamsters Local 945 in Wayne.
Rizzo introduced the resolution.
Hoffa is the subject of a recent deluge of jokes generated by a Playboy magazine interview with a federally protected witness, Donald ''Tony the Greek'' Frankos. Frankos told the magazine Hoffa's body was buried near the west endzone of Giants Stadium in East Rutherford. Hoffa disappeared July 30, 1975.
Gov. Thomas H. Kean, seeking to boost Republican Rep. James Courter's gubernatorial bid, invoked Hoffa's name Sept. 22 in taking a political poke at the Democratic nominee, Rep. James Florio.
''Trying to find out where Jim Florio stands is like trying to find out where Jimmy Hoffa is buried - and it's not under Giants Stadium,'' Kean told GOP supporters who joined President Bush for a party fund-raiser.
Hoffa jokes have also made the rounds on late-night television.