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Tennessee candidate Lou Ann Zelenik Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Monday, November 9th, 2009, 12:57 PM PERMALINK


Rutherford County GOP Chair Lou Ann Zelenik, who is running for congress in Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Cook Political Report classifies the seat as a R+13 on the PVI index, one of many Republican leaning districts currently being held by a Democrat. The incumbent, Bart Gordon, has served since 1985 when he replaced Senator-elect Al Gore. Congressman Gordon has an ATR lifetime rating of 32% and ACU gives him a lifetime rating of 28%... not exactly a “hero to the taxpayers” if you will.
                                                         
As a pledge signer, Chairwoman Zelenik has made a commitment to the taxpayers in Tennessee that she will fight to ensure that their taxes are not increased. Congressman Gordon is not a pledge-signer, but we here at ATR encourage him and all candidates for Federal office to follow suit and pledge to the taxpayers that they will do their part in fighting on behalf of the interests of those who elect them.

To see ATR's official statement on Lou Ann Zelenik, click here.

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Todd Long Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in FL-08 Congressional Race


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, November 6th, 2009, 1:05 PM PERMALINK


Florida Attorney Todd Long, who is running for the United States Congress in Florida's 8th district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The 2008 candidate joins more than 150 candidates seeking Federal Office this November to put their signature on the Pledge, along with the more than 200 elected officials in DC who had previously signed the Pledge on their way to victory.

Long, who began his own Law Firm just a few years ago, is running in the GOP Primary, being held August 24th, for the chance to go up against 1st term incumbent Democrat Alan Grayson. Republicans had held the district for more than 25 years before Grayson's 2008 victory, most notably by Pledge Signing Attorney General and current Gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum from 1983-2001. The Cook Political Report rates their PVI for FL-08 at R+2 for the 2010 midterms. Grayson is one of many Democrats who serve in Republican leaning districts who face the challenge of defending support for a jobless stimulus, and a job killing Cap & Trade bill to voters next November.
 
With his signing of the Pledge, Todd Long has promised the taxpayers in Florida's 8th district that he, unlike non-signer Grayson, will do his part in stopping tax increases and needless, wasteful spending from a reckless Congress that has been running up massive debt and shouldering the burden on middle-class families in FL-08 and all across the country. ATR encourages all Federal candidates in the state of Florida, and all over the nation to follow the example of Todd Long, and many others and sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
The official statement from ATR on Todd Long can be seen below.
 
Todd Long (R-Fla.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Todd Long, a Republican running in Florida’s 8th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
 
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 33 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Todd Long demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Florida’s 8th Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Jack E. Robinson becomes First Pledge Signer in Massachusetts Senate Race


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Monday, October 19th, 2009, 1:05 PM PERMALINK


The 2010 Special Senate Election to fill the seat formerly held by the late Edward Kennedy just got its first pledge signer. Jack E. Robinson recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a candidate for the United States Senate.

Senator Kennedy had held the seat since 1962, but now O’Donnell is looking to replace the interim appointment made shortly after the state legislature changed the rules to fill the vacancy. The special election is nearing, as it will be held January 19th, 2010 and Mr. Robinson is the only candidate running who has officially signed the pledge.
                                                         
As a pledge signer, Jack E. Robinson has promised the taxpayers Massachusetts that if elected, he will stand with them, for their best interests. ATR encourages all candidates in the Massachusetts Special Election to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, as we do all candidates running for elected office. It is important that the taxpayers see whose side their representatives are really on.
 
To see ATR’s official release on Jack E. Robinson, click here

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Former Congressman Rob Simmons Signs Senate Pledge for Race in Connecticut


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Thursday, October 15th, 2009, 9:34 AM PERMALINK


Connecticut now has three signers in the upcoming race for the Senate seat in 2010. Former Republican Congressman Rob Simmons recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Mr. Simmons is competing in the GOP Primary for the opportunity to take on Connecticut’s Senior Senator, Chris Dodd. Dodd has a less than spectacular record when it comes to looking out for the taxpayer; and ATR’s lifetime rating for Dodd is a poor 5.7% over 14 years in the Senate.
 
Mr. Simmons was a pledge signer as a congressman while serving Connecticut’s 2nd district; and now he has made the same pledge to do what is in the best interest of the taxpayers. Though Senator Dodd is not yet a signer, we here at ATR strongly encourage him, all candidates in Connecticut, and all candidates for Federal Office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

To see the PDF of ATR's offcial release for Rob Simmons, click here

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Jon Russell signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009, 12:26 PM PERMALINK


Jon Russell, a candidate running in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Russell is competing in the GOP Primary for the opportunity to succeed Democrat Congressman Brian Baird, who is retiring in 2010. The Cook Political Report keeps a close eye on all the races around the country, and Washington’s 3rd has been classified as a “toss-up” in the 2010 midterm election.
 
By signing the pledge, Mr. Russell has shown the taxpayers in Washington that he stands with them against tax increases. ATR encourages all candidates running in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, and all Federal Office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

To see ATR's official statement on Jon Russell, click here

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Connecticut Senate race getting interesting as Tom Foley signs the pledge!


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Monday, October 12th, 2009, 12:09 PM PERMALINK


The 2010 Senate race in Connecticut just got another pledge signer. Tom Foley became the newest candidate to sign the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Foley is competing with other GOP candidates to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Dodd. As noted before, Dodd has a less than encouraging record when it comes to defending the interests of taxpayers. The ATR lifetime rating for Dodd is a lackluster 5.7% over 14 years in the Senate.
 
In signing the pledge, Mr. Foley has shown the taxpayers in Connecticut exactly where he stands. As for Senator Dodd, he has not yet signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, but we here at ATR strongly encourage him to do so as well as all candidates in the Connecticut Senate race and all candidates for Federal office.
 
To see the PDF version of the official ATR release on Mr. Foley, click here

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Jim Anderson Now the Third Candidate to Sign Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Kansas-04 Race


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Saturday, October 10th, 2009, 12:20 PM PERMALINK


Kansas Businessman Jim Anderson signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his Congressional bid for Kansas’ Fourth district seat in the 2010 midterm elections next November. Anderson becomes the third pledge signer in KS-04, giving the voters another contest with multiple pledge signers competing for the seat.

Anderson is running in the GOP Primary, which will be held statewide on August 3rd, for the chance to replace Pledge Signer and Senatorial candidate Todd Tiahrt. Tiahrt has served the 4th Congressional district since 1995, and has had an ATR lifetime rating of 95%. Anderson joins Dick Kelsey and Mike Pompeo, who have also taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the KS-04 contest. Cook Political Report has rated the race with a PVI of R+14, so the candidate that emerges from the GOP Primary is the likely winner on Election Day. 

With his signing of the Pledge, Jim Anderson has made it clear to the taxpayers in Kansas that he is looking out for them, and their best interests. 
 
The official ATR release on Jim Anderson can be read below;
 
James Anderson (R-Kan.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jim Anderson, a Republican running in Kansas’ 4th Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
 
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 33 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Jim Anderson demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Kansas’ 4th Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.
 
Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.

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Sam Caligiuri gives Connecticut its first pledge-signer in 2010 Senate race!


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Thursday, October 8th, 2009, 9:18 AM PERMALINK


In Connecticut, a slew of candidates are vying for the Senate seat in the 2010 midterm election and there is now an official pledge-signer in that race. Republican State Senator Sam Caligiuri, who is running in the GOP Primary, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

The incumbent in the contest, Democratic Senator Chris Dodd, has a less than encouraging record when it comes to defending the interests of the taxpayer according to various organizations who specialize in keeping track of these legislative matters. The Senator’s lifetime rating from ATR is an abysmal 5.7% over 14 years in office.
 
State Senator Caligiuri becomes the first candidate, of either party, in the 2010 Connecticut Senate election to put his name on the pledge and make a strong commitment to the taxpayer that he will do what is in their best interest. We here at ATR strongly encourage all candidates in the Connecticut Senate race, as well as all candidates for Federal office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

To see the PDF version of the official ATR release on Sam Caligiuri, click here

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Isaac Hayes signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge!


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 3:21 PM PERMALINK


Reverend Isaac Hayes, a candidate running for the United States House of Representatives in Illinois’ 2nd district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Reverend Hayes is challenging incumbent Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who for a number of years has received low ratings from various groups looking out for the interests of the American taxpayer and most recently voted against preventing taxpayer money from going to ACORN.
 
Isaac Hayes is the first candidate in the race to sign the pledge and commit to the taxpayers that he stands with them. Though Rep. Jackson is not a pledge signer, we here at ATR strongly encourage him as well as all candidates for Federal office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
 
To see the PDF version of ATR's official release on Isaac Hayes, click here

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Riemersma Set to Run in Michigan-02 as a Pledge Signer


Posted by Amir Iljazi on Friday, September 25th, 2009, 5:10 PM PERMALINK


University of Michigan Graduate and former Buffalo Bills Tight End Jay Riemersma has signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his campaign for Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district. Mr. Riemersma is seeking the House seat currently occupied by Michigan Gubernatorial candidate, and pledge signer Congressman Pete Hoekstra.

The folks over at Cook Political Report give the district a PVI of R+6; Rep. Hoekstra has held MI-02 since 1992, and has carried the district by more than 60% every time. It’s safe to say that if Riemersma emerges as the GOP candidate for next year’s midterms, he will have a good chance at winning the seat.
 
ATR strongly encourages all candidates seeking Federal office to stand up for the taxpayers and sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
 
Jay Riemersma (R-Mich.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jay Riemersma, a Republican running in Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”
 
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers ,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Jay Riemersma demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.
 
Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.
 
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at jkartch@atr.org
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To see the PDF version of ATR's official release on Riemersma, click here

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