Congressional Candidate Phil Liberatore To GOP Turncoat Opponent: Thanks For Inspiring The Creation Of The Tea Party; Here's Your Teabag

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Congressional candidate Phil Liberatore gives tea bag to opponent.

Conservative businessman and Tea Party supporter Phil Liberatore kicked off his campaign to represent the newly created 8th district in Congress by handing his primary opponent, Anthony Adams, a teabag during a recent debate and thanking him for his unwitting role in creating the Tea Party movement in California. Adams was one of a handful of GOP state representatives who switched positions and agreed to tax hikes after pledging not to do so, fueling voter outrage and cries that citizens of the state were "Taxed Enough Already." The newly created district spans from California’s Yucca Valley and 29 Palms in the south, north through the desert to Inyo and Mono Counties and encompasses over 20,000 square miles. A total of thirteen candidates are vying for the seat.

“Anthony, because you abandoned taxpayers and voted to raise our taxes, you’ve spurred on the TEA Party movement that is now the foundation of my campaign,” said Liberatore. “So, I want to simply say 'thank you for the volunteers.' And we’ve got lots of them.”

For his part, when he cast his vote in 2009 Adams seemed to be well aware of the peril it put him in with California voters:

"I dare with the full knowledge that this will probably be the end of a political career for me,” Adams was quoted saying as he cast his vote. A former Republican who decided not to face the voters in 2010, Adams is running as a “no party” candidate in an attempt to garner support from both Republicans and Democrats alike.

Liberatore, a taxpayer advocate and businessman is running as a Republican. Among his core beliefs is the idea that Californians are under-represented and that out-of-control spending in Washington must be cut. A strong supporter of the second amendment and the right to life, Liberatore has also vowed to fight crippling defense cuts which have been proposed by the Obama administration and to fight illegal immigration.

“The voters in this district don’t take kindly to politicians who make promises to the voters and then go and vote the opposite way when they get into office," said Liberatore. "My opponent epitomizes everything that voters detest about politics and they deserve better. On behalf of the voters of the 8th district who work hard and pay too much in taxes, I’m here to remind him that he needs to find a new line of work that keeps him far away from the hard-earned money of the citizens of California. The voters are angry with Barack Obama's leadership and I am the man who can take that message to him."

For more information please visit To schedule an interview with Mr. Liberatore please contact Desare Ferraro at (760) 915-0025 or desare(at)liberatoreforcongress(dot)com

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