Taking a page from the Democrat Party of Wisconsin, the Julie Lassa for Congress campaign began running its own deliberately false attack ad against Sean Duffy and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Their ad makes the same faulty assertions as previous attacks on the Pledge including the DCCC's "blatantly false" ad aired earlier this year.
Lassa’s campaign basically asserts that by signing the “no new taxes” Pledge, Duffy supports sending jobs overseas. Jon Ralston, a leading pundit in Nevada, fact checked these same claims made by the incumbent Democrat in Nevada’s Third Congressional District and found them to be “thoroughly misleading.” The reality of the Pledge is it supports keeping taxes low and helps to promote revenue-neutral tax reform.
Liberals don’t seem to under that promoting lower taxes and preventing tax hikes are positive steps towards creating jobs in America.
To read ATR’s official statement on Lassa’s misleading claims, click “read more.”
Lassa Campaign Launches “Blatantly False” Attack Ad on Sean Duffy
Lassa desperate to distort Duffy’s “no new taxes” promise
WASHINGTON, DC–The Julie Lassa for Congress campaign recently began airing a blatantly false attack ad on Republican Sean Duffy for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Lassa campaign’s charges mirror the misleading claims made by the Democrat Party of Wisconsin in late August and the claims made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) earlier in the year – claims that the non-partisan FactCheck.org agrees are “blatantly false.”
The “No New Taxes” Pledge commits a signer 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.” By making this promise, Duffy has taken tax hikes off the table- something Julie Lassa has not done. .
This is not the first time Democrats have tried to misrepresent the meaning of the Pledge. During the special election in HI-01, the DCCC ran misleading attack ads against the Pledge. FactCheck.org, a non-partisan "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, responded by condemning the DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”
Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan and Nevada. In Michigan, The Jackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, Michigan newspaper, deemed Rep. Mark Schauer’s claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and Tim Walberg to be “not true.” In Nevada, Jon Ralston of Face to Face and the Las Vegas Review-Journal “realty checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made about the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “thoroughly misleading.”
“Democrats are desperate to take voters’ eyes off of their dismal performance as stewards of our economy. That’s why they continue to roll out this disturbingly false claim about candidates and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.
The idea behind the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is to protect against tax increases and to promote revenue-neutral tax reform. This is a concept that Democrats fail to understand as they continue to betray voters trust on taxes.
“Sean Duffy has committed to never raising taxes on his constituents while his Democrat opponents have left the door for tax hikes wide open,” continued Norquist.
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