Richard Pombo Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Jan 08, 2010, 18:51 ET from Pombo for Congress

Becomes First Candidate in CA-19 to sign the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge

FRESNO, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today former U.S. Representative Richard Pombo became the first candidate to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), in California's 19th Congressional District seat. 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."

"I proudly signed the tax pledge as testament to my long standing record of protecting taxpayers and my understanding for the need to lower taxes across the board to aid America's families and strengthen the U.S. economy. Since the people of the 19th Congressional District deserve an elected official who is committed to defending our hard-working taxpayers, I call on other candidates in this race to follow my lead and put their no-new taxes rhetoric in writing," Richard Pombo said.

ATR's Pledge has been offered to all candidates since the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986. To date, over 1,100 state officeholders, from state representative to governor, have signed the Pledge.

"With unemployment soaring and the economy wavering, California needs a solid representative who can demonstrate allegiance to taxpayers nationwide, as well as a fervent opposition to tax increases and the ability to say "no" to Washington's tax-and-spend habits," added Pombo.

Richard Pombo is running for Congress is California's 19th District, currently held by U.S. Representative George Radanovich who is retiring at the end of the year. Richard Pombo is a father, rancher and former member of Congress serving seven terms as a U.S. Representative from California's central valley. In the past few years in the private sector, Richard remained an advocate for greater affordable energy supplies, public access to public lands, common sense government regulations, economic freedom, and water rights for central valley families and farmers.

As a Member of Congress, he kept his campaign promises-defending private property rights and the needs of central valley farmers, small businesses and families in Washington.

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