First candidate in race to sign pledge to not raise taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. —-In announcing his candidacy for Secretary of State, Mike Delph has pledged to defend the taxpayers of Indiana. On June 11, 2001, Delph, a top aide for Congressman Dan Burton (R-6-IN), signed Americans for Tax Reform\’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

By signing the pledge, Delph promises to "oppose…any and all efforts to increase taxes."

"A fiscally responsible candidate like Delph demonstrates a strong commitment to Indiana taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. I encourage other candidates for the Secretary of State position to make the same strong statement of purpose on behalf of taxpayers, committing themselves to limited government and greater freedom," said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

"With the current proposal by the Governor of Indiana to raise taxes, it is refreshing to see a state leader take a stand, against such irresponsible action," Norquist added.

Delph added, "I am committed to promoting conservative fiscal discipline in state government. We don\’t need to raise taxes. We need to downsize government."