Utah Businessman Tim Bridgewater recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his 2010 bid for the United States Senate. He becomes the third GOP candidate in the race to have signed the Pledge; joining businesswoman Cherilyn Eagar, and incumbent Senator Bob Bennett, who has served since 1993.
Bridgewater is the Chairman and founder of Interlink Capital Strategies; and he also has been instrumental in the creation of several small businesses. His days in politics go back to time of President Reagan, where he worked in the administration under the guidance of the Treasury Department at Eximbank. The 2010 cycle is not the first time Tim Bridgewater has signed the Pledge; as a Congressional candidate in Utah, he was also a Pledge-signer. The Utah Senate Primary will be held June 22, 2010 and there will be multiple Pledge signers on the ballot.
By signing the pledge, Tim Bridgewater has done his part to show the taxpayers that he stands against massive tax hikes put forth by an out-of-touch Senate. ATR encourages all candidates in the 2010 midterm elections for Federal office to follow suit and sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. It is time for office seekers and office-holders alike to make it clear to taxpayers that they will do their part in fighting on behalf of their concerns, and looking out for their pocketbooks.
Here is the official release from ATR regarding Tim Bridgewater:
Tim Bridgewater (R-Utah) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Senatorial candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tim Bridgewater, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Utah, 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, Tim Bridgewater demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Utah.”
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.