Norquist’s grip is loosening. Chambliss: “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge”

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[Don’t miss out on the convenient links at the bottom of this post.   Wisconsin legislators who signed Norquist’s pledge need to know what you think of them.]

Here’s a sign that the elected officials who’ve been helping Norquist drown government in a tub are abandoning ship.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia told local Gannett TV station 13WMAZ that, “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” Chambliss says. “If we do it his way [Norquist’s] then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.”

Also from 13WMAZ
“Does Chambliss think Norquist will hold the
anti-tax pledge against him during his next re-election bid in 2014? Yes.

“But I don’t worry about that because I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist,” Chambliss says.”

That makes two of us, Senator Chambliss.
Welcome back to sanity and public service.

Grover Norquist, you may remember, has never been elected nor even made a run for elected office. He runs the organization Americans for Tax Reform.

You’ll see below the statesman who I saw when I visited Norquist’s site (Oh mother of god in heaven):

Ted Nugent image from the Grover Norquist web site. Ted wears a camoflauge cowboy hat suitable for hunting. The text on the photo reads "The Dirty Harry of tax and government reform is Grover Norquist".

*The contents of my Thanksgiving meal suddenly lurch within me*

I’m not sure whether to be disturbed that Ted Nugent is on my screen or to be amazed that Clint Eastwood made enough of a fool of himself at the RNC convention that his own face isn’t welcome next to his catch phrase.

Mr. Norquist has a habit of hiding behind other men it seems. Here’s his pouty twitter profile.

Grover Norquist sits at his desk slightly hidden behind a brass bust of Ronald Reagan.

I bothered to check Mr. Norquist’s mission statement, just to be sure I know the boundaries:
“The flagship project of Americans for Tax Reform is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written promise by legislators and candidates for office that commits them to oppose any effort to increase income taxes on individuals and businesses.”

“Any”.
Not for any reason. There is no clause to account for what actual constituents might have to say on the matter.

More from the Norquist mission:
“Since ATR first sponsored the Pledge in 1986, hundreds of U.S. Representatives, more than fifty U.S. Senators and every successful Republican Presidential candidate have all signed the Pledge. In the 112th Congress, 236 U.S. Representatives and 41 U.S. Senators have taken the Pledge never to raise income taxes.”

Seeing one U.S. Senator from Georgia break free from Norquist’s grip is just a start, but hey – that’s a NICE start. Let’s work on the other politicians who put Norquist before their own country.
Just send them this post and a question, “Do you work for Norquist, or for your country?”

Check HERE to see all who have signed.

Here are the Wisconsin pols who signed:

Send Ron Johnson an email.

Send Paul Ryan an email.

Send Jim Sensenbrenner an email.

Send Tom Petri an email.

Send Sean Duffy an email.

Send Reid Ribble an email.

About Jeff Fitzgerald:
I can only find the facebook page and the old campaign email – team@fitzgeraldforwisconsin.com – for Wisconsin Assemblyman Jeff Fitzgerald.

Blue cheddar bonus read:
Worley Dervish’s November 2011 piece
“Norquist Beyond the Thunderdome”
“Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, millionaires who want the government to tax them more, met with foremost anti-tax guru Grover Norquist in Washington late Wednesday afternoon…”

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  2 comments for “Norquist’s grip is loosening. Chambliss: “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge”

  1. November 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Thanks for getting the message to Ribble and Johnson.

  2. Joanne Brown
    November 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Well, the only representative I could write was Reid Ribble. Everyone else is “zip code protected” at their website. Why they are afraid to hear from people outside their districts is beyond me. (Well, not really.) So, I sent my message to Ribble and Johnson. Pretty pathetic, though, that the rest cannot listen to people outside their own districts.

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