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Patti town hall Saturday featuring Michael Franzese
Tom Patti, left, and his long-time friend Mike Tyson, center, are shown with Michael Franzese.

STOCKTON — San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti is using a town hall event Saturday supporting his run for Congress to highlight redemption.

Michael Franzese, who went from mob boss to Christian to motivational speaker to best-selling author, is appearing on Patti’s behalf Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 3535 North El Dorado Street  in Stockton.

Franzese was one of New York’s most notorious mobsters before being sent to prison. He was depicted in Martin Scorsese’s movie “Goodfellas.” While in prison he was handed a bible and devoted his life to God and family. He is now married with five children and changing lives with his books and motivational speaking. He recently returned from 25 speaking engagements in Europe.
His new book is “Mafia Democracy: How Our Republic Became a Mob Racket.” In it he highlights disturbing parallels between today’s political leaders and mob bosses.

Patti and Franzese were introduced through a mutual friend earlier this year. 

“Tom is one of the good guys,” said Franzese. “He is that rare politician who is genuinely in it to make other peoples’ lives better, not his own.”

Patti said he wanted people attending the free event to understand they can change their lives.

 “Michael is a shining example that you can turn your life around at any time and find redemption,” Patti said. “I am inspired by his story and honored to have his support.”

The event is free. 

 Prior to the event there will be a VIP lunch and book signing with Franzese and Supervisor Patti. For more information on the VIP event, contact Gina Brown Rishwain at or call 310-560-9855.