Conservative Congressional Candidate Liberatore and Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Confront Angry Demonstrators at Campaign Event

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Pro-illegal immigration forces attempt to disrupt speeches with protests and mariachi band.

Surrounded by angry protesters from the pro-illegal immigration group National Council of La Raza and other demonstrators, Conservative congressional candidate Phil Liberatore was joined by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a campaign-style patriotic rally held in Apple Valley on a sunny Saturday afternoon that fell on Cinco De Mayo in which Arpaio officially endorsed Liberatore. After their speeches, the duo confronted the protesters, some holding signs that said "Nazi Sheriff," and a lively debate ensued.

"I used to celebrate this holiday every year when I lived in Mexico City," said Arpaio before launching into a speech that mixed praise of Liberatore with some personal history of his work as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Protesters tried to disrupt his speech by hiring a Mariachi band to attempt to drown out Arpaio's words, but he continued and later made his way over to them.

Taking the stage at the outdoor Apple Valley Amphitheater, Liberatore stressed that his Italian immigrant parents emigrated to the U.S. legally, and that he had worked as a newspaper delivery boy at 12 and at McDonald's at 15, and lived the American dream. But he had dark warnings about the state of America.

"Don't believe a word you hear about the economy getting better because it's not," he said. "We're on the brink of bankruptcy. We need to cut taxes and we're overregulated."

He then regaled his audience with stories of how clients of his accounting business began to come in to his office shortly after President Obama's election, asking, "how do I make less money?" in an effort to avoid burdensome taxes.

Inyo County 5th district supervisor Richard Cervantes also marked the occasion by declaring: "Today is Cinco De Mayo and I'm proud to say that I have a long Hispanic heritage," adding "my goal is to get Hispanics to be part of the Republican party. Of Liberatore he noted: "he is a kindred spirit. We both celebrate our Christian heritage, we don't hide it."

Emphasizing his and Liberatore's shared stance on the second amendment, Cervantes joked, "we practice gun control in Inyo County: a steady hand and a clear eye."

Cervantes who had earlier supported another candidate in the race then switched sides to declared of Liberatore: "he's a winner. Let's go with him."

Also on the stage was former Assemblyman Keith Olberg who praised Liberatore's business, IRS Problem Solvers and asked the audience: "What does it take to fight the I.R.S. day in day out 24 hours a day? Phil Liberatore has courage."

Referencing the patriotic theme of the rally, Cervantes declared: "The Lord is very fond of the United States of America," and quoting Ronald Reagan, Liberatore echoed the theme: "If America ever forgets that we are a nation under God, we will be a nation gone under."

Liberatore is locked in a tough race among 13 competitors to represent California's newly created 8th congressional district. For more information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Liberatore please visit or email desare(at)liberatoreforcongress(dot)com.

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