John Willoughby, a former military officer and commercial airline pilot, is now the second pledge-signing candidate in the race for Hawaii’s Second Congressional District.  Willoughby faces a tough battle for the district currently held by incumbent Mazie K. Hirono, but stands as a promising challenger to the incumbent.

By singing the pledge, Willoughby is making a clear commitment to his constituents in the 2nd District of Hawaii, to oppose and vote against tax hikes.

Click read more to see ATR’s official statement on Willoughby’s decision to sign the Pledge.

John Willoughby (R-Hawaii) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

House candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – John Willoughby, a Republican running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Hawaii, 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 173 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, nine 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, John Willoughby demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Hawaii.”

“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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