Grover Norquist responds to GOP ‘retreads’ abandoning anti-tax pledge

In response to a number of GOP Senators backing away from the anti-tax pledge he authored, Grover Norquist is speaking out.

Norquist, an anti-tax lobbyist and head of Americans for Tax Reform, created the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in 1986 during the Reagan administration. It has been signed by 238 representatives and 41 senators, in addition to over 1200 current state legislators. The signors agree to “solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases.”

 “Some of the people who are being dragged up are retreads,” Norquist said. “There’s nothing new in the last weekend about some of the senators who said they would be open to tax hikes.”

Norquist said that three of the outspoken senators are a part of the “Gang of Six” who spent eight months “pretending to negotiate” tax increases and spending cuts with the Democrats, which resulted in nothing but tax increases being offered.

In his defense, Norquist contends that the legislators’ promise not to raise taxes was made to the voters in their state, not to him.

See Norquist’s interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto here:

 

See related story here:
Top Republican Senator abandons 20-year-old anti-tax pledge

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
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  • Ron Jackson

    And as voters we will not forget your lies to us.

  • Bob

    Its time for the GOP to go the way of the Whig party,they party with Dems, they live next door to Dems, they ARE Washington. Don't kid yourselves, this corrupt bunch support Big Government every bit as much as the Dems, because people who give money want those jobs that every useless program requires. A new party is a essential if we are ever to flush this worthless bunch down the political commode. We need Bachman, Rand Paul, Demint, and other like minded people to start a new party.

  • Nevin

    While I am philosophically opposed to taxes on labor and investment on a federal level, Grover Norquist and like-minded individuals are part of the problem plaguing the GOP. Grover represents its libertarian wing and Americans for Tax Reform supports trade with Red China, supports PNTR for Putin's/Medvedev's Russia, and supports state subsidized dumping of products in the US market as "gifts to the American consumer" while destroying those companies and jobs that provided the worker (who is also the consumer) with the disposable income to purchase goods and services within our national borders. Grover is also all for open borders immigration as well. The GOP needs to attract working and middle income families and Reagan Democrats to become a party with credibility with all Americans and dump the Grover Norquist style libertarians.