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GA-07 Update: Rob Woodall Refuses to Sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, August 2nd, 2010, 11:19 AM PERMALINK


On August 10th, Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Jody Hice faces Rob Woodall in a run off for the Republican nomination in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. Woodall recently refused to sign the Pledge leaving the door wide-open to tax hikes. His decision puts him outside the Republican mainstream in the U.S. House as over 95% of Republicans have signed the Pledge.

Since 2003, GA-07 has been represented by Rep. John Linder, a FAIR tax advocate and Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer.

Grover Norquist had this to say about Woodall’s recent statements on the Pledge:

“The fundamental question is: does the federal government have too much money, or not enough.  Rob Woodall believes it doesn’t have enough, I think Georgians believe the government has enough money and needs to start living within its means,” said ATR President Grover Norquist

“Why on earth in these times is Woodall talking about hiking taxes?” asked Norquist. “Instead, he should be taking tax hikes off the table by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”

To read ATR’s entire statement on Woodall, click “read more.”

Rob Woodall Refuses to Sign No New Taxes Pledge
Hice and Linder signed, why won’t he?

Washington, DC- Republican candidate Rob Woodall (GA-07) has refused to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. The Pledge, signed by 95% of House Republicans, 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.”  In refusing to sign, Woodall aligns himself to the political left of 95% of the Republicans in the U.S. House, and 4 of its Democrats. 

Woodall’s refusal to sign the Pledge leaves the door open to a wide variety of tax hikes and is a dramatic departure from the fiscal record of his current boss Rep. John Linder, who signed the Pledge in 1992, 1996, and 2002. Woodall’s opponent in the August 10th run off is Jody Hice, a former Talk Radio Host. Hice has taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, ruling out tax increases.

“The fundamental question is: does the federal government have too much money, or not enough.  Rob Woodall believes it doesn’t have enough, I think Georgians believe the government has enough money and needs to start living within its means,” said ATR President Grover Norquist

“Why on earth in these times is Woodall talking about hiking taxes?” asked Norquist. “Instead, he should be taking tax hikes off the table by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”

In a recent release, Woodall deliberately attempted to mislead voters about the Pledge. As Woodall knows, the Pledge does not prohibit revenue-neutral reform.  In fact, the Pledge was created to aid in the passage of the 1986 Tax Reform Bill put forth by President Reagan.

“Primary voters are faced with a clear choice on August 10th,”continuedNorquist. “They choose between two candidates: Jody Hice, a candidate that has forsworn taxes increases as a matter of principle, and Rob Woodall, a candidate that has refused to sign the Pledge.”

For a printable pdf, click here

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