Georgia’s Cory Ruth recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for Georgia’s 4th U.S. Congressional District. He is the only pledge signer in the district and will compete for the Republican nomination in the primary on July 20th.  If nominated, he will be running against incumbent Representative Hank Johnson (D) in the general election.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as “Solid Democrat” implying that whoever emerges victorious from this primary has a tough battle ahead of them to defeat their opponent.

However, Johnson also faces some stiff competition within his own party in the upcoming primary. In addition, his comments on Guam haven’t done much to boost his image.

“I’m just a guy who is dissatisfied with his government…not dissatisfied with our system of government, but with those who we have lately sent to run our government,” Ruth says on his website.

Ruth is a 15-year resident of Georgia, an ordained minister who has helped found seven churches and a business consultant for a fortune 500 firm. As a signer of the pledge, he supports lower taxes, reduced government spending and promoting economic growth.

ATR continues to reach out to candidates from every state urging them to stand with the taxpayer and sign the pledge.

Read ATR’s official release on Ruth’s signing below:

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Cory Ruth (R-Ga.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Cory Ruth, a Republican running in Georgia’s 4th 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, Cory Ruth demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Georgia’s 4th district.”

“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 or by calling (202) 785-0266.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at [email protected]