Polka Dots and Politics

Jason Ranieri  jason.ranieri@mail.com 1168302702651


1980s & '90s

Jason Ranieri

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Polka Dots and Politics is a story of figures of monumental stature, ordinary men and women, heroes, villains, lovers and warriors, idealists, cultural icons, leaders of industry, family and friends all appearing in this looking glass of small town politics and it’s enthusiastic glam.


Comedy, Historical Fiction, Political, Memoir, Satire, Biographical, Family,

Short Summary

Polka Dots and Politics opens with the "polka dots" of the story. The "polka dots" are the characters of the book. The campaign for political office can be seen as a social, political and economic in nature but never comes off that dry or boring with all the adventures they go on..


Bellingham, Massachusetts

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Daniel Ranieri

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Leader, Patriotic, Religious, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Clumsy, Educated, Gracious, Outspoken, Charming, Funny, Underdog, Faithful, Power-hungry, Visionary, Empathetic, Flexible, Perseverance, Skillful, Engaging, Decisive, Honorable, Naive, Modest, Confident, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ernie Taft

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Manipulative, Outspoken, Patriotic, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Funny, Seductive, Sarcastic, Adventurous, Beautiful, Charming, Confident, Heartthrob, Leader, Perseverance, Selfless, Visionary, Unapologetic, Aspiring, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Gracious, Romantic, Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Chris Zocchi

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Gracious, Adventurous, Engaging, Funny, Complex, Honorable, Decisive, Flexible, Sarcastic, Crazy, Visionary, Religious, Unapologetic, Power-hungry, Charming, Confident, Faithful, Outspoken, Patriotic, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Educated, Leader, Masculine, Perseverance, Sophisticated, Beautiful, Blunt, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: The Great Santini

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Masculine, Strong Moral Code, Faithful, Religious, Empathetic, Perseverance, Charming, Decisive, Aspiring, Sarcastic, Engaging, Leader, Sophisticated, Adventurous, Crazy, Flexible, Gracious, Visionary, Complex, Educated, Honorable, Selfless, Funny, Outspoken, Patriotic, Secretive, Unapologetic, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities

About The Author

Jason Ranieri is a graduate of Worcester State College and was Freshman Class President. He graduated Cum Laude in his major, History. He became a certified Massachusetts Educator by passing the Mass. Educator's Exam with a perfect score in Economics. Jason is a "Hero's Among Us" award recipient from the Boston Celtics organization for playing Santa Claus for the physically and mentally challenged at Wrentham Developmental Center for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Leadership Academy and a member of M-power, a lobbyist group, that successfully reinstated Mass. Health coverage of eye and dental exams for those in need through the Mass. House and Senate. He enlisted in the U.S. Army ROTC program. He wrote the books “The Good Old World" and “Polka Dots and Politics.” He is a vegetarian and Freemason. Jason traveled America for a year and a half. Polka Dots and Politics was a Finalist in two categories: political thriller and humor/comedy for the 2019 American Fiction Awards. Also, a Finalist in the category humor for the 2019 Best Book Award.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

10 Norfolk District, Assumption Parish, Politicians, Pundits and Family

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: JDRpublishing

Year Published: 2004

Hard Copy Available