Former State Senate Majority Leader Rusty Bowers recently became the third candidate in the Republican primary in Arizona’s First Congressional District to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Bowers seeks the GOP nod to face off against Democrat Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick has voted for three out of the "Four Horseman of the Democrat Apocalypse” bills including the so-called Stimulus Package, the 2010 Obama Budget, and the government takeover of health care.
Cook Political Report rates this race as a “Likely D” seat with a PVI of R+ 6; making it the 161 most Republican District in the country. However, Sen. McCain won this district with 54% of the vote in 2008 and former President Bush won this district twice with over 51% of each time.
Rusty Bowers(R-Ariz.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection PledgeCongressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ walletsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Rusty Bowers, a Republican running in Arizona’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 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, Rusty Bowers demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 1st 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.
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