Earlier today I blogged about the importance to taxpayers of being able to vote for candidates for office that are willing to pledge, in writing, that they will oppose tax increases. I am pleased to report that, despite the new “top two election” system in place because of Prop. 14, we still have very few viable Republican candidates who have not signed a written pledge. While perhaps less ideal than simply posting a long list of everyone who has signed the No New Taxes pledge, I’ve compiled a list below of viable candidates in safe Republican or competitive seats that have not signed it. If a candidate took their own No New Taxes pledge, publicly, that was similar enough to the No New Taxes pledge, we counted that as well for our purposes as a signer. You could go to the Americans for Tax Reform website to see which candidates have signed the federal or state level pledge. But they get behind with their updates at crunch time, and of course they wouldn’t have anyone listed there who took their own public, written pledge.
Feel free to contact us with questions — and by all means if you are one of the candidates listed here and you either think you have been placed here in error, or would like to sign the pledge, just let us know. On a closing note, just a reminder, there are no incumbent Republican Members of Congress or the State Legislature seeking re-election this year who have not signed the pledge. And also a pledge that you signed in a previous election for a different position is not valid if you are running for a different office (but it is valid if you are seeking re-election).
Trust me when I tell you that the pressure on Republicans to support tax increases in Sacramento is great — almost unimaginable in fact. One of the reasons that it is important to support candidates for the legislature that are willing to sign a written pledge is that you know that when all of these rent-seekers and special interests come knocking at your legislators door, they can tell them, “Get out of here, I am on the record here, quite unequivocally, opposing higher taxes!”