Americans for Tax Reform would like to congratulate state Sen. Erin Houchin, state Sen. Brent Waltz, former radio show host Jim Pfaff, and businessman Robert Hall for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race to replace Rep. Todd Young in Indiana’s ninth congressional district. Rep. Young is vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Senate. By signing the Pledge, these candidates have made a written commitment to the voters of Indiana to oppose higher taxes.
Only Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has have yet to sign The Taxpayer Protection Pledge in this race. ATR is in the process of reaching out to both campaigns.
The Cook Political Report (requires a subscription) and the Rothenberg/Gonzales Political Report rank this as a safe Republican seat; making the winner of the GOP primary the most likely winner of the general election.
Indiana holds their primary on May 3, 2016 and ATR will continue to monitor this race and others across the country to help educate voters on what candidates have made the bold decision to sign the Pledge and what candidates have left the door open to higher taxes.
Politicians often run for office saying they won’t raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. Until you take tax increases firmly off the table, true and lasting spending restraint is impossible.
Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials, from state representative to governor to US Senator, have signed the Pledge.
Please check out the Pledge database to see if your current elected officials have signed the Pledge.
Update: This blog post was updated to include Robert Hall as a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer.