Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert became the second candidate in the GOP primary in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The two other Pledge signers in the GOP primary are Businessmen Jim Ward and Eric Wnuck.

Schweikert is looking to faceoff against Rep. Harry Mitchell, who was elected in 2006 after defeating J.D. Hayworth. Cook Political Report ranks the seat as “Lean D” with a PVI of R+5. Additionally, Hayworth held the seat for more than a decade prior to Mitchell’s win.
To see ATR’s official statement on Schweikert signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Schweikert, a Republican running in Arizona’s 5th 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, David Schweikert demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 5th 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.