University of Michigan Graduate and former Buffalo Bills Tight End Jay Riemersma has signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his campaign for Michigan’s 2nd Congressional district. Mr. Riemersma is seeking the House seat currently occupied by Michigan Gubernatorial candidate, and pledge signer Congressman Pete Hoekstra.

The folks over at Cook Political Report give the district a PVI of R+6; Rep. Hoekstra has held MI-02 since 1992, and has carried the district by more than 60% every time. It’s safe to say that if Riemersma emerges as the GOP candidate for next year’s midterms, he will have a good chance at winning the seat.
ATR strongly encourages all candidates seeking Federal office to stand up for the taxpayers and sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Jay Riemersma (R-Mich.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jay Riemersma, a Republican running in Michigan’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, Jay Riemersma demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Michigan’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.
Copies of the Pledge are available at or by calling (202) 785-0266.
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at [email protected]

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