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Three of the four candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Kentucky’s First Congressional District have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Kentucky taxpayers. The Pledge is a written commitment to the constituents of the First Congressional district and to all Americans to oppose higher taxes. Former Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Congressional Aide Mike Pape, and Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts are all competing for the seat being vacated by the retiring Rep. Ed Whitfield.

The three gentlemen have all had distinguished careers in public service. James Cormer served twelve years as a state representative, safeguarding the taxpayers from greedy politicians in Frankfort. Mike Pape has worked in this congressional district for over twenty years and knows the needs and the challenges facing the constituents. Jason Batts serves as Hickman County Attorney, where he ensures the Constitution is upheld, in addition to his service as Judge Advocate in the Army Reserves.

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again. Signing the Pledge is the first step in that process.”

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge has been offered to every candidate for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 218 Congressmen and 48 Senators have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Cormer’s, Pape’s, and Batts’ commitment to the taxpayers of Kentucky. I challenge all candidates to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

Cormer, Pape, and Batts will face off in the Kentucky Primary on Tuesday, May 17th.