Recently, Brian Rooney became the second candidate in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Tim Walberg, Rooney’s opponent in the GOP primary and former Representative of MI-07, signed back in August.
Cook Political Report gives this district a PVI of R+2 and a rating of “Leans D.” Rep. Mark Schauer narrowly defeated Tim Walberg in 2008 by two percentage points. However, former President Bush did take this district in 2004 (54%) and 2000 (51%).
To see ATR’s official statement on the Rooney signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
Brian Rooney (R-Mich.) signs the Taxpayer Protection PledgeCongressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ walletsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Brian Rooney, a Republican running in Michigan’s 7th 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, Brian Rooney demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Michigan’s 7th 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.