Alabama businessman Rick Barber has recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his 2010 bid for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District seat. AL-02 becomes yet another district where there are multiple pledge signers vying for the seat.
Barber, a successful small business owner and active member of the Tea Party Movement, is running against freshman Democrat Bobby Bright, who won the open seat vacated by former Pledge signer Terry Everett by less than a percentage point. Rick Barber joins Martha Roby as the second pledge signer in the June 1st Primary. The Cook Political Report rates the race as “toss up” and their PVI index stands at an R+16, giving the winner of the GOP Primary a good chance to defeat Congressman Bright, non-pledge signer.
In signing the pledge, Rick Barber has made clear to the taxpayers in Alabama that he is committed to fighting against outrageous tax hikes and massive increases in spending that have shouldered a massive burden upon the taxpayers in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional district. ATR encourages all candidates seeking Federal office in this year’s midterms to make the same commitment to taxpayers all across the country.
The official statement from ATR on Rick Barber can be read below.
Rick Barber (R-Ala.) signs the Taxpayer Protection PledgeCongressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ walletsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Rick Barber, a Republican running in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.“After the passage of the so-called “Stimulus Package,” better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.“By signing the Pledge, Rick Barber demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional district.”“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.