Chris Wakim Wins Primary on Anti-Tax Platform.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chris Wakim, a Republican running for West Virginia’s 1st congressional district, appealed to voters using his anti-tax platform in the Tuesday primary. Key components of Wakim’s platform include eliminating the capital gains tax, abolishing the death tax, and making the Work Opportunity Tax Credit permanent.

The Taxpayer Protection 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."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, President George W. Bush, 47 U.S. senators, and 222 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, six Governors and over 1,260 state legislators have signed the Pledge as well.

America needs leaders who are committed to protecting taxpayers, and signing our Pledge demonstrates that kind of leadership,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

"Protecting taxpayers should be the first priority of any legislator, whether at the state or national level," Norquist continued. "Chris Wakim understands this important notion, and this is why he has taken the Pledge. Why does Congressman Alan Mollohan continue to refuse to do so?”