In HD35, GOP candidate Tony Marino is challenging Rep. Larry Galizio (D). Marino describes himself as "an entrepreneur, author, business consultant, radio personality and motivational speaker". Also, "a successful international online marketing consultant."
Apparently, he's decided to air all of his dirty laundry right up front - in hopes that it'll be old news during the general election. He recently released a letter district-wide (inserted in local newspapers).
The Associated Press has the story:
Tony Marino, a Tigard Republican running for the Oregon House, may be the top candidate confessor with an open letter distributed to newspaper readers listing all his flaws: bankruptcy, multiple divorces, a federal tax lien and a degree from an online university that's not accredited in Oregon. ...
The Chapter 7 bankruptcy filed in 1993, he says, stemmed from a cancelled television show that he had produced in Southern California. The five divorces nearly killed him, he says, but he's been married happily for a decade to his wife, Danielle, with whom he has two children.
Marino is fighting the IRS on a tax lien from 1996 -- about $12,000 -- that he says he didn't know about for a long time and that he's tried unsuccessfully to resolve.
Then there's that doctorate from an online university that he's since learned is not accredited in Oregon. The marketing diploma from Ashwood University took three months to earn.
Of course, rule #1 when you're going to do a full public mea culpa disclosure... be sure to disclose it all.
The AP has more:
The letter doesn't list all Marino's mistakes. A background check unearthed other financial run-ins, including a $12,300 civil judgment from 2001 that he contests and that he says he didn't know about until Thursday. He's also making monthly installments on a $4,900 judgment from 2002, filed by Ford Motor Co.
On the jump, an extensive quote from "Doctor" Tony Marino's letter...
I’m going to engage in “Politics Unusual” - and I’m going to start by being open and honest with every single person I hope to represent. I think every politician should start with honesty. I had a bankruptcy when I was younger. As a struggling young TV Producer, my show was cancelled and I was left holding the bag for the cost of the equipment and other expenses that businesses incur as they are starting out. I learned to be more careful with my investments and my finances from that experience.
I’ve been through divorces. Fresh out of the U.S. Navy I didn’t know what I wanted out of life or a partner who would share it with me. I made some decisions that at the time seemed right but, in retrospect, were probably hasty. I’ve learned to slow down and examine a situation from every possible angle before committing to something now.
I’m still fighting the IRS on an old tax lien.> Again, when I was younger, I overreached financially and unknowingly had some outstanding taxes. Interest and penalties started to add up when the IRS didn’t contact me about the amount due. Several years later, I met with them with my attorney to reach a reasonable settlement and they declined. I’m still fighting for what I believe to be fair and just. I have learned that the government isn’t always right and that you have to speak up or be counted out.
I have a degree from an online university I’ve learned is not accredited in Oregon. I was given credit for my life and work experience in the Navy, as a television and radio personality, as an author and as a successful international marketing consultant. I firmly believe in investigating alternatives to traditional education to help our children be competitive in a global market. From this experience, I learned to ask more questions and verify what you are told from that experience.
So, this guy wants us to trust his judgment? Unbelievable.