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Chicago, Ill.-Via Email: (6/18/09) We are so proud of you! My Kid & I voted to keep ya in - you have so much support back here @ home!
WE LOVE PATTI! Tiana
Helena, MT-Via Email: (6/18/09) People Across the Nation for Patti is nothing formal, just a group of my extended friends and co-workers who have been watching the show (or tuned in after hearing word-of-mouth about Patti’s grace and down-to-earth personality). It is the epitome of a “grassroots organization.” For those of us who knew little about Patti up till now but the negative, in hindsight perhaps malicious, media reports about her family, we are all just very impressed with her – she is strong in the face of adversity, she is NATURALLY vulnerable when it comes to her family, she NEVER plays the victim card like so many women do (read: Janice Dickenson)! She is very real, carries herself with an amazing amount of self respect and confidence, has a wonderful sense of humor, compassion for others, and has shown grace under fire, especially considering all she and her family have been up against over the last six months. We are all very proud of her. We hope she continues on in the show and is victorious, and then continues to be victorious in life as well. God bless Patti. Like I’ve said – you go, Girl! Jennifer Lynch
Salinas, CA.-Via Email: (6/16/09) Dear Patti, It's great that you are showing yourself on the Celebrity show. Good for you ! You seem like a wonderful person and I am very glad that America can see this side of you. 100% support to you and your family! I am on your side and justice will prevail for you and your husband! Nancy - Salinas, CA
Unknown-Via Email: (6/11/09) Hey Patti... I keep voting for you to stay on, I figured the kids are probably fine and you are doing great! Love the pig tails! Lee
Chicago, Ill.-Via Email: (6/11/09) I have known you and Debbie since the late 1970s and early 80s when you were young girls hanging out at the City Hall office of your father Alderman Dick Mell under the tutelage of his able assistants Pat Feeley and the late Sonja Hurston. Dick was then Vice Mayor; and his spot was the favorite on City Council day where food and treats were generously shared with anyone that stopped by. Thirty years later, it is amazing to see how you have matured into a tough family woman that steadfastly stands her ground in the face of torrid sands of media mayhem and the fascism of the Illinois State Legislature. Despite government allegations and regardless of the outcome, I will always stand by you and your family. Rod has been a steadfast friend since the 80s and I have respected and admired your Dad since those fun-filled days at City Hall. About those "friends" that have ingloriously gourged themselves at your table in the good times for the last 17 years, they too will have their day in the scorching sun. Hang in there! I am one of your biggest fans out here. You have shown yourself as a lioness on the program. You are among friends. Your husband and dad must be very proud of you, as am I. barbara burchjolla
Unknown-Via Email: (6/10/09) Hi Patti, I have been watching the show and Patti you have brought your best game. I have enjoyed watching and best wishes in upcoming challanges. I see that you have great street smarts (a Chicago thing) and utilize amazing politics with all of the characters that you are co-habiting with. I see great success with upcoming challanges. I wish you the best. Be safe and kick Chicago/Illinois butt! If you take anything from this experience, please enjoy Costa Rica. I was there a couple of years ago and just loved the time I spent there. Although, I was not living in the jungle. Sincerely, Alison Tiskevich
Marion Ill.-Via Email: (6/10/09) I have supported Rod since I was a volunteer on his campaign here in Southern Illinois back in 2002, and I proudly stood in support of him in his reelection campaign in 2006. I moved to Illinois in 2000, back during the days of George Ryan, and I seen how poorly the state's infrastructure was under Ryan, and I knew that something needed to be done.
After Rod took control, the state's roads and bridges improved, schools improved, crime dropped, and health care was provided to all children and families who needed it. His health care plan was the first to provide access to all who couldn't afford it, and Rod opened up access to cheaper Canadian pharmaceuticals so that people, especially senior citizens and the poor, could save money and be healthier. Rod took care of those in need, which you can't say about many people, especially politicians. His inner-city work in Chicago helped get kids off the streets and out of gangs and off drugs. He was one of the first Governors to frequently visit Southern Illinois and defend our coal mining jobs. He also seen to it that construction companies in Southern Illinois were given equal access in getting production jobs. He helped us strengthen the I-13 corridor and helped in the process that paved the way for Southern Illinois to get our first professional baseball team.
Regardless of what people say about Rod, he helped my family get the health care we needed. My youngest son would not be as healthy as he is today without the help of Rod's plan, nor would my wife had been able to have a full recovery from her pregnancy. There is no way possible that we could have afforded the health insurance plan offered by my employer at the time. A family care plan would have been nearly 400 dollars per month, plus an outrageous 30 dollar co-pay for routine visits. If I had been forced to pay that, my family would have been homeless. Thanks to Rod, I was able to succeed and get ahead to the point where I am today.
2000-2008 were my years of maturity as an adult, during which time I chose Illinois as my home, in part because life situations led me to Illinois (I met my wife online in 2000, and she was from Southern Illinois). I contemplated staying in Ohio, but politicians made it almost impossible for a lower-middle class person to get ahead there. The government was not there to help in Ohio, on the contrary, they seemed to be practitioners of Social Darwinism, leaving the poor and middle class to be exterminated without mercy. Unfortunately, from 2000 to 2002, under George Ryan, things were not much better here than in Ohio. But Rod came along and voila, I had health care, and, our area's economy was one of the few areas nationwide that grew during the period of financial crisis during the Bush Administration. It grew because we had a Governor who had the right policies in place. It grew because we didn't have corporate crooks like Richard P. Caro, Gregory Baise, and Ron Gidwitz running Illinois (ask Rod, he will know who I'm talking about).
I met Rod once after a meeting here at the Marion Civic Center a couple of years ago. He was extremely nice and approachable. He genuinely cares about the people he meets and understands their needs. I am glad to call him a friend, and he's always welcome in my home.
I believe that the case against him was being held back to be used at a later date as a political hand of cards, until Rod stood in solidarity with the workers in Chicago and stood up to Bank of America. Strangely, the day after that, the government released the charges and arrested him. It goes to show who is really in charge in this nation- the banks. And make no mistake, this is one David who will always stand up to the Goliath that is the criminal international banking system.
Regardless of what people think of him, he is human. He has children that look up to him and call him dad and a wife that loves him. He makes mistakes just like the rest of us. I even wrote Patrick Fitzgerald a letter asking him to drop the charges against Rod and Patti. With all of the murderers, drug dealers, and terrorists running around free in this nation, it would be a travesty to put Rod in jail. Rod and Patti are innocent. They deserve to have a second chance, because that is what makes America a free nation. Amy and AnnIe need their mom and dad. I cry when I think about how it would be for my kids not to have my wife and I around. God help this nation if it continues to punish those who seek justice and vindicate those who do evil.
Please pass this along to Rod and his family. My phone number and address are below my signature. If possible, have him call me or email me sometime, and I'd be proud to display an autographed picture on the wall of my office if he could send me one. Jason Dodson, President, United Council of Twelve
Illinois-Via Email: (6/09/09) Patti, I am an Illinois boy and have watched the events of your families life unfold before my eyes. I have to honestly say, I was not a fan….and then came the show. You have shown strength, common sense, and a renewed sense compassion. I have since became your biggest fan, and love seeing the “true Illinois girl” coming out of you. I have a strong feeling that you could actually win, and I hope that you do. I am proud to have you from Illinois, and I am upset that your original charity didn’t want your money. Nice to know that charities can decide whose money to take and whose to pass. But I am glad you once again have a charity and know that you are doing good for them. Keep your head up girl………you are awesome. Your biggest fan… Jim Weckmann
City Unknown-Via Email: (6/08/09) Hi, Watching Patti on the show is riveting. She is a "REAL" person and it shows. I too lost my job and about to loose my home. My son got seriously ill and it impacted my finances. The one thing that can't be taken away is my commitment to my family. I respect what Patti is doing for her family. No one can take the love for her husband and kids away. This is her time to fight back and she will win. She has tremendous strength. I believe Rod and Patti are great givers. Not one person can take that away. You guys will get through these issues and bounce back 10 fold. The best of luck to Patti & Rod and their great kids. Warmest Regards, CA
City Unknown-Via Email: (6/08/09) Dear Patti, Your time on "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" lets us see the real side of you and your doing a fantastic job in that jungle.
As a tribal member of the Northern Blackfeet I'm very impressed with your strength under those conditions, any tribe would be proud of you. Keep your head held high and stand by Rod as you have and the two of you will weather this storm. You may not think this but you ARE a warrior and one that has gained respect from my people. Take good care of yourself and know that many people are pulling for the two of you. May your future be bright. Jesse Red Horse / Northern Blackfeet
City Unknown-Via Email: (6/08/09) "Patti, everyone in my family will be voting for you! We are proud of you, as always. Judy McIntyre"
Tampa, FL-Via Email: (6/07/09) "Hi, Patti, Up until last week, everything that I knew about you I learned from Saturday Night Live
. I used to think that it would be cool to be famous, but maybe not so much, huh? I am SO Very sorry for everything that you have had to go through. I am also a wife and mom. I cannot imagine having my family go through what you have experienced in the public eye. It is wonderful that you are willing to voluntarily come forward in the name of charity and subject yourself to the trials of this reality show. You definitely are one of the most grounded people on that show. If you lived in Tampa, I would love to take you to Starbucks for a latte, then trade coupons and go shopping at Target! I will pray for you, your husband and your family. I am sure that you and your family will overcome these issues. You sure seem like a winner to me! I will be voting for your "survival" early and often. All the best, Jan Donica"
City Unknown, Montana-Via Email: (6/07/09) "Patti,
I watched Rod on Huckabee today. We have a little in common. Rod is a Serbian and I am half Slovenian/Croatian/Catholic. I know, usually 'oil and water,' but not today. I am so tired of lies, deceit, and the destruction of people by politicians and the media, including NBC. Everyone has an agenda and it is usually for self in the form of money, fame, and power. Americans are sick of it. I would invite Rod to share the entire truth with me, a private citizen with no agenda. I know, he can't do it because of pending litigation, but it would be nice to know the truth before the government and the media "burns him at the stake!" Good luck in the jungle. Cheers and Regards, J. William Gamble-Montana"