Coulson is running in the GOP Primary to replace current Congressman, and Pledge Signer Mark Kirk, who is running for President Obama’s Senate seat. Although Cook Political Report classifies the seat as a D+6 on the PVI index, Kirk had held the seat since being elected in 2000; making it a “toss up” according to their view.
By signing the pledge, Mrs. Coulson has made a commitment to the taxpayers in Illinois that she will fight to stop tax hikes imposed by the Congress. We here at ATR encourage all candidates for Federal office to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and let the taxpayers in this country know that they stand with them; against higher taxes, higher spending and higher deficits.
To see ATR’s official statement on Beth Coulson, read below
Elizabeth Coulson (R-Ill.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Elizabeth Coulson, a Republican running for Illinois’ 10th 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, Elizabeth Coulson demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Illinois.”
“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.
For the PDF version of the official ATR release, click here.