Erik Ketelaar, Wannabe GOP Bigwig, Under Fire from Clients of His Company Tio Sam Taxes
Arpaio's picture also briefly appears on Ketelaar's cheesy commercial.
Stranger still, Ketelaar Accounting hosted an August 7 forum at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort for Republican gubernatorial candidates, moderated by KFYI 550 AM talk-radio personality Jim Sharpe.
Four candidates attended: Frank Riggs, Christine Jones, Ken Bennett, and Doug Ducey.
As I'd already spoken to some of Tio Sam's unhappy customers and since I've been following the GOP primary race for governor, I figured I'd attend and buttonhole Ketelaar.
The large room was packed with several hundred people, many of them Jones supporters.
Banners pimping Ketelaar Accounting flanked the dais, and Ketelaar, who sat next to Sharpe, got to ask some questions, like one about reducing red tape and lowering taxes, which almost all Republicans are in favor of in one form of or another.
Toward the end of the event, Sandra Tovar, whose daughter-in-law Stefany Felix says she is owed $3,089 by Tio Sam, jumped up and tried to shout a question at Ketelaar.
She wanted to know how Ketelaar could claim to be so successful and pay to promote and host this event when people like her daughter-in-law and others she knows are owed money by his company.
Because the event was ending and folks were leaving, most in the audience hardly noticed her, and she was escorted out of the room by security.
I approached Ketelaar and asked why Tio Sam was not paying people their refunds in a timely manner.
"Because we're having a problem with the IRS. That's really what it is," he told me.