Saturday, June 5, 2010

FEC Complaint against Lee McGroarty dismissed

The FEC complaint filed against 42nd Congressional candidate Lee McGroarty has been dismissed by the FEC on a 6-0 vote. The memo presented to the Commission stated that McGroarty had corrected two of the violations. The other was a mistake on the part of

The certification of dismissal is dated May 12 but I found it on the FEC web site today.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Where are the polls that show Phil Liberatore winning?

For the last few weeks Phil Liberatore and his supporters have been touting polls that they claim show him "winning" or "close," in his primary race against Rep. Gary Miller.

On May 18, Mike "Bogey" Boguslawski said on the Rick Amato Show, "Right now. Right this minute...Liberatore's winning the poll right now. He's winning it."

This past Tuesday while talking about polls, Phil Liberatore told the Rick Amato Show, "It's real tight right now. This race is real tight." Rick Amato said he looked at some polls and the "polls are very, very tight." Amato also said some candidates in the 42nd race were "polling 2 and 3 and 4 percent of the, of the, of the votes." Another person on the show, Ken, said that the polls are "going up and up as we go day by day by day."

But where are these polls? If Liberatore was really winning why wouldn't he release his polls in an effort to show Lee McGroarty and David Su supporters that only he can beat Miller? Is Liberatore just trying to fire up his base?

I guess we will find out in four days if Liberatore and his supporters are telling the truth.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lee McGroarty Comments on Daily Bulletin Editorial Support

We are going to take some credit for this. Earlier today a McGroarty supporter was upset the Daily Bulletin endorsed Rep. Gary Miller and called them liberal. I commented the following, "If I was on your campaign I would be using "favorite from among those challengers," and McGroarty "has tangled quite a bit with Miller in the campaign," in everything I could for the next five days."

Now the McGroarty has issued the following comment, which is a good move since he needs to show why voters should pick him instead of Phil Liberatore or David Su.

Daily Bulletin Picks McGroarty as Favorite Among Miller Challengers

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The Daily Bulletin has published an article supporting incumbents David Dreier and Gary Miller, but has called Lee McGroarty their favorite to challenge Miller.

From the article: "Miller has three Republican primary opponents who slam him for that TARP vote, some votes on housing issues (that we considered reasonable) and ethical questions that have dogged him. If we had to pick a favorite from among those challengers, it would be Chino businessman Lee McGroarty, who has tangled quite a bit with Miller in the campaign."

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Rep. Gary Miller featured in FOX News article

Rep. Gary Miller is featured in a FOX News article titled, "Los Angeles Boycott of Arizona is Hypocritical, Congressman Says."

The article is below.

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Daily Bulletin endorses Rep. Gary Miller, calls Lee McGroarty "favorite" of challengers

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, on their editorial page, has endorsed Rep. Gary Miller.

They wrote,

"The challengers are running to the right of Miller, but we can't see much daylight to his right. Miller's positions are very conservative in most areas - illegal immigration, for example. He lands to our right on many issues, but we like that you always know where he stands and he doesn't shift with the political winds.

Miller is a developer, and some of his land dealings with cities in and around the Inland Valley have raised eyebrows and caught his opponents' attention. We have questioned some of them ourselves, but never found wrongdoing. He says he gets more scrutiny and runs up against more roadblocks - not fewer - than the average developer because he's a congressman.

We trust he will continue to work to reduce the debt we're leaving for our children and grandchildren - and that's enough for an endorsement in this Republican primary."

In regards to Lee McGroarty they wrote,

"If we had to pick a favorite from among those challengers, it would be Chino businessman Lee McGroarty, who has tangled quite a bit with Miller in the campaign."

Phil Liberatore loans campaign another $100,000

According to documents filed with the FEC yesterday, 42nd Congressional candidate Phil Liberatore has loaned himself $100,000 bringing to $575,000 the total Liberatore has loaned his campaign. Liberatore also reported a donation of $2,400.

Currently all Congressional candidates must report any donations or loans of $1,000 or more to the FEC within 48 hours.

Since we last posted an update on the "48 hour" donations, Rep. Gary Miller has received two donations of $1,000 each.

The two remaining Republican primary candidates, David Su and Lee McGroarty, have not filed any "48 hour" notices.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Phil Liberatore sends out email on Rep. Gary Miller's Service record

42nd Congressional candidate Phil Liberatore has sent out an email titled, "Miller Misrepresents Military Record‏." This after Rep. Gary Miller released military records and Lee McGroarty said of him, "One of my opponents, who never served our country, is calling out Miller for his military service and is “grandstanding” on an issue he knows nothing about."

Liberatore mostly used parts of the Harper's Monthly article and quotes from three retired military members who make up his "Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee." Two of the committee members called on Miller to releases his records, which he had already done when I received the email.

I received the email at 4:45pm. We posted the story of Miller placing his records on his web site at 12:15pm.

The Miller Military Records: McGroarty played it right, Liberatore played it wrong

Yesterday 42nd Congressional candidate Phil Liberatore commented on the Harper's Magazine story on Rep. Gary Miller's military service. Liberatore issued his release several hours after the article was published. He also put up a statement on his Twitter page that said, "What disrespect! Miller lied about his military record."

Lee McGroarty waited until after a local newspaper story was posted to issue a press release. McGroarty was able to know the medical reason for the discharge and have the knowledge of more comments from Miller. McGroarty was able to look more thoughtful and not appear to be doing it for political expediency.

Liberatore, on the other hand, looks very political in his actions. So much so, that McGroarty said that Liberatore was "grandstanding." He also looks like he was so quick to put something out, hoping that the media would give him attention, that he has errors in his release.

First, Liberatore's release states, "according to the Harper’s article, Miller was discharged after just 49 days of enlistment in 1967." Problem is that the article doesn't say that.

The article states, "According to his military record, he spent about seven weeks in boot camp at Fort Ord, California between early-September and late-October 1967, at which point he was discharged."

Now Rep. Gary Miller has released his records so we can see how many days he served. According to Miller's Military Service Certificate, and a look at a 1967 calendar, he served 54 days.

So where did Phil Liberatore get 49 days from? Did Liberatore really put out a press release that distorts Miller's military service, while accusing Miller of doing the same thing?

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Rep. Gary Miller releases Military Record showing Honorable Discharge

Rep. Gary Miller has placed a "Certificate of Military Service" on his campaign web site.

The document states that he served from September 7, 1967 to October 30, 1967. It states that "Service was terminated by Honorable Discharge."

The site also commented on his military service.

"A lot of fuss has been made about Gary’s military service by the guys running against him—and they’ve made up a lot of lies and fed them to the press. Here are the facts: Gary enlisted in 1967—when he was 18 years old. While in boot camp, Army doctors learned he had a childhood ulcer, which made him ineligible to serve so therefore he received an honorable discharge. To learn more, download Gary’s Certificate of Military Service. Gary has never used his brief time in the Army for political gain."

Lee McGroarty defends Rep. Gary Miller; says Phil Liberatore "grandstanding"

Yesterday we posted a story about an article on the web site of Harper's magazine that looked at the military service record of Rep. Gary Miller. Shortly after the article came out 42nd Congressional candidate Phil Liberatore commented on it.

42nd Congressional candidate, and Veteran, Lee McGroarty has now commented on the matter. A press release issued by the McGroarty campaign says,

"The Vietnam War era was a difficult time in our country. Many future politicians avoided military service during the late 1960's and early 70's but Congressman Miller did not. Miller voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve our country. As an enlisted veteran who served his country honorably, Lee McGroarty commends Mr. Miller and his call to duty."

McGroarty went on to say,

"As a veteran, I am very protective of questioning any American who voluntarily serves our country. I am willing to defend Congressman Miller and his record if he was discharged due to a medical reason. The greatest honor bestowed upon an American is to serve his or her country honorably. However, it is the deepest betrayal to misrepresent his or her service. I have the utmost confidence that Congressman Miller will come clean on his record."

The release goes on to say,

"One of my opponents, who never served our country, is calling out Miller for his military service and is “grandstanding” on an issue he knows nothing about. I want to make one point very clear, this is a very uncomfortable issue for me and my campaign. I want to win on the real issues -- jobs and spending where I believe Miller is vulnerable. I am asking Miller to come clean on his military record. It is not a question of “if he served” but whether he served honorably. Congressman Miller, show us your DD 214 so this whole matter can be put to bed quickly and we can get back to the business of explaining our positions on the economy, etc. If you don’t, then I will defend the men and women who have served honorably and will call for your resignation. The ball is in your court. There are no excuses. You either served honorably or you did not.”

The San Gabriel Tribune is reporting that the reason for Miller's discharge was ulcers. Miller told the Tribune that the Army discharged him after discovering he had ulcers. He said, "They were never supposed to accept anyone with asthma or ulcers."

The entire McGroarty press release is below.

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SGV Tribune has article on Rep. Gary Miller's military service; Gives reason for Discharge

The San Gabriel Tribune has an article about the military service of Rep. Gary Miller that includes the reason for his Honorable Discharge.

The article states that he had ulcers since he was 10 years old and was Discharged because of it. Miller said, "They were never supposed to accept anyone with asthma or ulcers."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Vote in our 42nd Congressional Primary Poll

Vote in our 42nd Congressional Republican primary poll. The question is, "Which candidate in the 42nd Congressional district has the best chance to defeat Rep. Gary Miller in the Republican primary?"

David Su, who has been in first place for more than two weeks, has fallen below 50% for the first time in two weeks. He has 48%. Lee McGroarty is second with 27%. Phil Liberatore is last with 24%.

Phil Liberatore Comments on Harper's Magazine Miller Story

42nd Congressional candidate Phil Liberatore has commented on the Harper's Magazine story on Rep. Gary Miller's military service.


Decorated Military Leaders Question Gary Miller's Military Service; Issue Call For Honesty

Decorated Military Leaders Announce Support for Congressional Candidate Phil Liberatore; Call for Release of Gary Miller's Military Records After Harper’s Magazine Charges Congressman With Misrepresenting Military Record.

Whittier, CA (PRWEB) -- In the wake of accusations in Harper’s Magazine Online that Congressman Gary Miller misrepresented his military service during the Vietnam era, three respected military veterans, Major General Paul Vallely, Colonel John Fer, a Prisoner of War during Vietnam and former top level White House Military Officer, Lt. Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson have issued a call for Miller to release his military medical and service records. The three veterans form the Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee to advise Miller's opponent for the GOP nomination in California's 42nd district, Phil Liberatore.

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Harper's Magazine Details Rep. Gary Miller's Military Service

Harper's Magazine has a story today about the military service of Rep. Gary Miller. According to the story he served in 1967 before being Honorably Discharged. It states his time was spent at boot camp.

The article tries to attack Miller because some web sites state that he served in 1967 and 1968.

A Miller spokeswoman said, "Congressman Miller volunteered to the U.S. Army and was Honorably Discharged due to medical reasons within a matter of months." She went on to say, "While we cannot control what other websites say about Congressman Miller’s military service, the official website for the House of Representatives states that Congressman Miller served in 1967." That web site can be seen here.

Memorial Day Statement from Lee McGroarty

A supporter of 42nd Congressional candidate Lee McGroarty suggested that we purposefully didn't post Lee McGroarty's Memorial Day message but did post messages from Rep. Gary Miller and David Su. Apparently they didn't read our blog yesterday which said that we were not posting stories or comments on Memorial Day. Miller and Su sent out their messages before Monday. McGroarty's website didn't post the message until 15:44 (3:44pm) on Memorial Day.

Also, the McGroarty campaign is the only campaign of the four Republicans in the 42nd primary that does not send us emails and releases. Unless we go to there web site, we don't see their "news."

Since an allegation was made we wanted to explain why there was a delay in posting this.

Now to Lee McGroarty's Memorial Day message.

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Most Read Stories of May

1. Rep. Gary Miller comments on "Tax Fraud Phil" Signs
2. Rep. Gary Miller puts up Phil Liberatore site; Liberatore sued by U.S. Department of Labor for not paying overtime to employees
3. An interview with Phil Liberatore Part 2 of 4
4. Is Phil Liberatore misleading voters again?
5. Lee McGroarty has Business Entity's Suspended; Loses "rights, powers and privileges to conduct business in California."
6. Calvary Chapel Founder Chuck Smith Says He Did Not Endorse Phil Liberatore
7. "Don't Elect Tax Fraud Phil Liberatore" email sent out
8. Phil Liberatore Responds to "Tax Fraud" Signs
9. Is Phil Liberatore being misleading about Chuck Smith's Support?
10. Phil Liberatore Responds to Lee McGroarty Allegations of Rep. Gary Miller
11. Anti Phil Liberatore Signs Up in Yorba Linda
12. Phil Liberatore responds to his picture in Rep. Gary Miller mail piece, not content
13. Lee McGroarty Responds to Miller Email; Changes story on why Business entity's were suspended
14. Phil Liberatore Photo with "Tax Fraud" Sign
15. Rep. Gary Miller Announces Local Endorsements

Monday, May 31, 2010

President Ronald Reagan 1983 Memorial Day Message

Note: In Observance of Memorial Day we will not be posting any new stories or approving any comments today.

Message on the Observance of Memorial Day

May 26, 1983

Memorial Day is a time to take stock of the present, reflect on the past, and renew our commitment to the future of America.

Today, as in the past, there are problems that must be solved and challenges that must be met. We can tackle them with our full strength and creativity only because we are free to work them out in our own way. We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.

I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.

This Memorial Day of 1983, we honor those brave Americans who died in the service of their country. I think an ancient scholar put it well when he wrote: ``Let us now praise famous men . . . All these were honored in their generation, and were the glory of their times. Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.'' As a tribute to their sacrifice, let us renew our resolve to remain strong enough to deter aggression, wise enough to preserve and protect our freedom, and thoughtful enough to promote lasting peace throughout the world.

Ronald Reagan