Whittier, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2010
The race for the GOP nomination in California's 42nd district heated up on Tuesday when challenger Phil Liberatore addressed an enthusiastic group of supporters who gathered to protest incumbent Gary Miller's mudslinging which has included the posting of signs across the district labeling Liberatore, a respected certified public accountant, as a "tax fraud."
Accusing Miller of trying to divert voters attention from his voting record which has included support for the TARP bailout bill, Liberatore delighted the crowd when he paraphrased Ronald Reagan, announcing: “Ladies and gentlemen: A depression is when you lose your job. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Recovery is when Gary Miller and Barack Obama lose theirs."
Responding to the growing controversy over the attack signs, Liberatore appeared unfazed: “This is a great day for our campaign. We must be doing something right to have Gary respond in this way. These allegations are completely false and defamatory and are the worst kind of mudslinging that the voters detest. But I'm not going go get into the mud with him. He doesn't want to talk about the issues but I will."
As a top Miller aide monitored the event near the Congressman's offices, cell phone in hand, Liberatore drew comparisons between Miller and a number of defeated incumbents across the country.
“First there was Scott Brown, just a guy in a pickup truck who won back for the people Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts," Liberatore said. "Then there was Chris Christie, in New Jersey, then Bob McDonnel in Virginia who trounced his Democratic opponent by 18 points even though they had been evenly matched a few years back. And most recently Robert Bennett the Senator from Utah who was defeated despite his years of distinguished service in the U.S. Senate. Why: Because he began to vote with the Democrats-including for the TARP bailout bill-sound familiar? Yes, the same voting pattern as Gary Miller. And now it's time for Gary to join Bennett on the sidelines.”
The controversial signs, paid for by the Gary Miller for Congress Committee are providing a boost to Liberatore's campaign as aides reported a substantial increase in contacts from new supporters since the signs went up.
Liberatore is mounting a surprisingly strong challenge to Miller in California's 42nd district, a district which spans three counties from Whittier to Mission Viejo.
For more information please contact: John(at)liberatoreforcongress(dot)com
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