WASHINGTON – Americans for Tax Reform today released a statement on the Republican primary for the 26th congressional district in Texas.
"Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) received the Taxpayer Protection Pledge from candidate Scott Armey on January 23rd, 2002 indicating that he was running for the 26th district of Texas.
"ATR received the Taxpayer Protection Pledge from candidate Michael Burgess March 26th, 2002 dated February 20th, 2002 with no district listed.
"Both pledges are enclosed.
"Because candidate Michael Burgess signed a pledge with no district noted, his campaign was informed on March 25th, 2002 that we did not have a signed copy on file. They subsequently faxed in a copy of a pledge for US Senate and called to clarify which district he was running for.
"The facts are that Scott Armey took the pledge indicating which district he was running for on January 23rd, 2002, Michael Burgess a month later with no such designation. Until March 26th if asked ATR would have reported that only Scott Armey took this pledge in the 26th district, as there was no way to determine otherwise."