Ardini has had a varied career. He was an Advertising Executive, Trustee, Investor, Editor/Publisher, and Small Business Owner. His success in these roles gave him the financial independence to now be in a position to devote his life to making our country a better place. His 2016 campaign for Congress was his first run for political office. He is a self-described Libertarian-leaning Republican, and Roman Catholic. He considers himself very conservative on fiscal matters, and moderate on most social concerns.
In terms of giving back to the community, the first volunteer position he held was in fourth grade. He was Student Body Treasurer of his elementary school. By the time he was 35 he had been President of five different organizations - garden clubs, professional societies, even his apartment association. And, by age 40, he had already served a three year term on the national Board of Directors of The American Rose Society. He is now 61.
Some other key facts about Robert include the following:
HEALTH: Pope Francis and Ardini have something unique in common; they both lost a lung early in life.
TRAVEL: Ardini has been to all seven continents.
MUSIC: He is a classical pianist and is a student descendant of Beethoven. (That means that if you trace back his student-teacher relationships a few generations, you’ll find Beethoven.)
BACKGROUND: Ardini is of mostly Italian and German descent and was born and raised in Queens, New York. (President Trump and Ardini share not only the same present day New York Congressional District, but also the same place of birth.) In subsequent years, Ardini moved a few times but has always lived within a 15 mile radius of where he was born. His late father was a NYC Department of Sanitation worker and his late mother was an immigrant stay-at-home mom. Ardini currently resides in a high-rise overlooking the East River and Manhattan skyline.
EDUCATION: Ardini is a graduate of NYC’s prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. (That’s the school on which the movie and TV program “Fame” was based.) His Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing was conferred by the University of the State of New York with some of the coursework having been done at The Juilliard School.
ROSES: A passion of his is growing roses (our national flower) and is recognized as an expert by The American Rose Society.
HIS BOOK: In 2018, Ardini published the book “Running for Congress in Trump’s Backyard” recounting his ‘larger-than-life’ experience as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the nation’s highest profile District. The book begins with brief reflections on early life experiences that served as a launching pad for Ardini’s race. He explains how the late Anna Nicole Smith became an essential element. Then the author offers an abbreviated step-by-step account of events from the time he simply 'expressed interest' all the way through election night.
The book offers an insider’s view of the Manhattan Republican Party and the esteemed Metropolitan Republican Club. Expect President Trump, Ivanka Trump and even Kellyanne Conway to factor in prominently.
Part 2 of the book is devoted to Ardini’s positions on the issues - the very issues with which he disagrees with Trump. Don’t expect boilerplate Republican rhetoric from this politician. After all, his slogan is “A Moderate Republican Even a Democrat Can Like.®