Jimmy “The Brute” DiNatale, Conway’s late grandfather, allegedly had mob ties and was a “significant criminal associate" of Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo – the heir to the Bruno crime family based in Philadelphia, according to a memorial service page and law enforcement officials who told the Philly Voice.
The page lists Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Conway as his granddaughter and describes DiNatale as “a reputed Bruno-Scarfo crime family associate who police say ran a gambling operation in the Hammonton area."
DiNatale allegedly made his money as a bootlegger and found multiple bars in South Jersey, officials told the newspaper. He was also accused of providing false alibis for Scarfo, and his nephews, Philip “Crazy Phil” Leonetti and Lawrence “Yogi” Merlino.
DiNatale – who appeared not to have a criminal record – was born in Trenton and died at age 69 from cancer in May 1983. His tombstone at Hammonton’s Oak Grove Cemetery even says “THE BRUTE” in all caps, the memorial page states.
His death came during Conway’s teen years.
At 16, she was crowned Miss New Jersey’s Blueberry Princess in 1986 and was later named World Champion Blueberry Packer, according to her interview with New York Magazine.
Conway has played a pivotal role in the Trump administration and became the first woman to lead a winning presidential election. She’s received criticism in past months for coining the term “alternative fact” and her mention of the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre.