Rob Fisher, an Information Technology entrepreneur, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the contest for Maryland’s 1st Congressional district.

Fisher is running in the Republican primary to be the nominee to compete against incumbent first term Democrat Frank Kratovil. Kratovil barely eked out a victory over his GOP opponent in 2008 getting 49% of the vote to Andy Harris’s 48%. In a district with a PVI of R+15, this race is rated a “Toss-Up” by the Cook Political Report.

See the official release below:

Rob Fisher (R-Md.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rob Fisher, a Republican running in Maryland’s 1st 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 173 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, Rob Fisher demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Maryland.”

“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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