WHITTIER, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- California's top elected Democrat, Secretary of State Deborah Bowen, has rejected Republican Congressional candidate Phil Liberatore's ballot designation, alleging that Liberatore's description as "IRS Problem Solver," is broad and associated with an entity or organization. But Liberatore, known across Southern California as the "IRS Problem Solver" from thousands of radio ads that have aired offering his tax resolution services, is fighting back:
"I've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years advertising here and listeners know me as the IRS Problem Solver who solves problems with the Internal Revenue Service," said Liberatore.
Liberatore is challenging GOP veteran Gary Miller in a district that stretches across three Southern California counties from Mission Viejo to Whittier, offering a tough challenge to the incumbent Miller in a campaign highlighting Miller's support of President Obama's agenda, voting in favor of the TARP bailout bills. Liberatore is also a published author whose book "An Inside Look At The IRS," will hit bookstores this Spring.
"For the past 15 years on 99.5FM KKLA, Phil has been known as the 'IRS Problem Solver,'" noted Frank Pastore, host of The Frank Pastore Show. "Ask any of our tens of thousands of listeners, many of whom live in his congressional district, who the IRS Problem Solver is and they'll know that you're referring to Phil– he simply is the IRS Problem Solver. To reject his well-deserved brand name, smacks of the type of petty electoral politics Californians have come to detest. I wonder who's afraid of allowing Phil to use the name he is known by?"
Liberatore promises an appeal:
"This is plainly politics," he responded. "Secretary Bowen knows how much Americans dislike the IRS and she doesn't like the fact that it is part of who I am and is seeking to limit the information that voters can have. I trust voters to make an informed decision about who can best represent them and I am determined to go to Washington to alleviate the influence of the IRS over American lives. This is just the first of many speed bumps ahead placed by career politicians who are fighting change."
SOURCE Phil Liberatore