Florida-09 Congressional GOP primary candidates Jorge Bonilla and Carol Platt have signed ATR’s Taxpayer Protection pledge. The winner of this primary will run against (D) Alan Grayson for the FL-09 Congressional seat.

The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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."

Jorge Bonilla, a Court Interpreter and former U.S. Navy Veteran, has received multiple endorsements including U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-R) and Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley.  According to his website, Bonilla supports limited government and a more flat and fair tax code. Furthermore, Bonilla is fighting for private sector job creation, opposed to government led job growth through job bills.

Carol Platt meanwhile is the current Executive of the Osceola County Realtors Association and former Director of the Florida Realtors ® Association and was previously appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to sit on the Polk Community College (now Polk State College) Board of Trustees.  Platt recently announced that she will hold official announcement rallies in each of the three counties in the district in late October.

The race is rated by Cook Political Report as a Solid Democrat district with a PVI of D+8. The filing deadline for the district’s congressional race is May 2, 2014 and the primary will take place on August 26, 2014.

Grayson, who has an American Conservative Union and National Taxpayers Union rating of 0 percent and 6 percent respectively, has made multiple controversial quotes while holding office since 2008. In one instance, while speaking on the House Floor in support of Obamacare, Grayson said, “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly. That's right, the Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.”

By signing ATR’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, both Bonilla and Platt have made a concerted effort to emphasize their fiscally conservative plans to their constituents. While it is too early to say who will win the GOP primary to go against Rep. Alan Grayson, Americans for Tax Reform would like to thank Jorge Bonilla and Carol Platt for demonstrating their commitment to fight for fiscally responsible government.

We have reached out to the Vivaldi campaign and are awaiting reply.

Click here to see the release for Carol Platt and here for Jorge Bonilla.