Jeffries Beats Back Another Attempt by Buster to Harass a Small Business Owner
Judge rules that Buster is wrong in challenging Jeffries’ identity as “Small Business Owner”, but agrees to hide Buster’s support for tax increases.
(Riverside County, CA): Today in Department 12 of the Historic Riverside County Courthouse, Commissioner Paulette Durand-Barkley ruled against 20-year Incumbent Supervisor Bob Buster’s attempt to conceal the fact that Kevin Jeffries is a small business owner, and ruled in favor of Jeffries using it as his ballot designation in his race against the career politician.
“I have been a small business owner 5 times longer than I have been a legislator, and through my time as a volunteer fireman, parks district member, water board member, and legislator, I’ve continued to own and operate my businesses. After all, it is my small business that will fund my retirement, and not a massive six figure taxpayer funded pension like the incumbent will get just for being repeatedly elected,” said Jeffries. “The reason I ran for office was to protect small business owners, and that has always been my first priority. I was shocked that the incumbent thought this was worth hiring a bunch of expensive San Francisco attorneys for, but he has made a career out of making life difficult for small business owners, so I guess it was just my turn!”
In a secondary part of the lawsuit, the judge ruled that Jeffries’ statement that he is “the only candidate who voted to oppose raising your vehicle tax, income tax and sales tax, saving families nearly $1000 a year” could be considered an indirect attack on the incumbent, and asked that a couple words be changed to eliminate any reference to other candidates. “I wasn’t trying to attack any other candidates in my statement, I just assumed that since Supervisor Buster voted to support Governor Brown’s $58 billion tax increase, that he was proud of it and wouldn’t be offended by me drawing a distinction between us, but this lawsuit showed that he is clearly trying to hide his own record from the voters,” said Jeffries. “But in the end, I think the substance of my statement remains the same, and I believe voters will see through the incumbent’s attempts to conceal his positions on the issues.”
“Buster’s frivolous lawsuit was a needless waste of taxpayers’ money that only served to further clog our over-burdened courts. We had offered to make this change a week ago, to save taxpayer money and court time, but he refused to accept it. I hope he reimburses Riverside County Courts and taxpayers for the time and money he wasted in the name of a political stunt.”
Kevin Jeffries has based his campaign on the need to bring more jobs to Riverside County, and oppose new taxes and fees on already burdened residents of the region. That stance has earned him the endorsements of the California Small Business Association, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the Riverside County Farm Bureau, and a host of other leaders and residents in Western Riverside County.
“I believe my lifelong experience as a business owner distinguishes me from the other candidates, and I’m very pleased that the incumbent was unsuccessful in his attempt to hide that from the voters,” said Jeffries.
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