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Norquist tells Soledad O'Brien he'll go after tax pledge-breakers

From CNN's Political Ticker

By: CNN's Kevin Liptak

(CNN) – Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said Monday that his group, Americans for Tax Reform, would work to unseat Republicans who break their pledge to never vote for higher taxes.

His vow came after prominent GOP lawmakers said over the weekend they would consider breaking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in order to reach a deal with Democrats and President Barack Obama to avoid tumbling over the fiscal cliff – the combination of sweeping spending cuts and tax increases that would go into effect at the end of the year if negotiators can't reach a deal on reducing the federal debt.

Norquist said his group would "certainly highlight who has kept their commitment and who hasn't" when it comes time for lawmakers like Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Peter King to run for re-election, though Norquist claimed voters generally decide on their own to oust elected officials who vote to raise taxes.

"Historically the people who lose do so because the people in their state have figured that out," Norquist said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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  1. acey49

    Grover need not worry about going after his pledge signers. Obama is going to let the Bush Tax Cuts expire. So there is your tax hike Grover. You know what you can do with your pledge.

    December 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jann

    He looks like he is hung over. I know one when I see one and I am not liking what I see.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Art Townsend

    Candidates can sign no-tax pledges with impunity. Once elected, those who sign a no-tax pledge appear to be in violation of the Code of Ethics for Government service, which states “Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office …” House Concurrent Resolution No. 175, July 11, 1958, 72 Stat. B12, provided for a Code of Ethics for all Government employees, including officeholders.

    The House Ethics Manual at Page 20 ( states in part “The Code of Ethics for Government Service was adopted as a concurrent resolution expressing the “sense of Congress,” rather than as a statute. This Committee has concluded, however, that the ethical precepts set forth in this code “represent continuing traditional standards of ethical conduct to be observed by Members of the House at all times…Formal charges may be brought against Members of the House for violating this Code."

    The Senate Ethics Manual at Page 436 ( states in part “The Code of Ethics for Government Service, passed by Concurrent Resolution on July 11, 1958, is also specifically listed in the Committee’s Rules as a source of jurisdiction for the Committee under S. Res. 338. It sets out ten broadly worded standards that should be adhered to by all government employees, including officeholders…A violation of this code has not, to date, been used as a basis for Senate disciplinary action, although the House has disciplined its Members for violations of the code on several occasions."

    November 27, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ron anderson

    Does anybodies Gay-dar start ringing its bells and the laser show start when Grover speaks? Look at the signs: neatly manicured beard, adopted children, supports in 2010 joined the advisory board of GOProud, has every cover known to a bearded likfe you could ask for to be in the closet. No accusations, just asking. Enjoy

    November 27, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mike Buck

    Who is Grover Norquist? He is a lobbyist who said Romney lost because Obama had called him a "poopy head." We have enough issues without a lobbyist acting like the Godfather. Get out of the way of government. Take the GR out of Grover and its OVER! What a Wanker.

    November 27, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Doug

    I want too hear our elected officials pledge alligance too the United States of America...Not Grover Norquist and his cronies.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. USMC Captain

    I'm a conservative independent and this Grover Norquist really irritates the hell out of me. But what is even more irritating is the fact that even though some Republicans will break from that stupid pledge, Obama will still not move from his "negotiating" position to reform entitlements, negotiate any spending cutbacks or do anything that will truly affect the American populous in a positive manner. Even if we tax the top 10% of ALL wage earners 100% of their earnings for the next 10 years...we won't make a dent in the deficit if we don't STOP SPENDING. Now THAT is the difference between positive reforms and the bull sh*t coming from the White House.

    November 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Paul

    Grover Norquist is quite delusional. He has no plan to actually reduce the deficit, as stated by Saxby Chambliss. Once a fiscal deal is made, it will include higher taxes on the rich; that is unavoidable now. I wouldnt be surprised if Norquist goes berzerk. For ideologues, their self-created world comes crashing down very hard when faced with defeat. See hitler in the bunker for an example.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Wes

    Mr. Norquist seems to be the self appointed supreme Burgomaster who usurps the power of the public for his own devices. I do not recall seeing him on any ballot and in any national political debate. I believe that his efforts are to subvert the government of the United States and thwart the power of the union. He should be arrested and held in contempt of the powers of congress and treasonous to the constitution that represents American citizens. I would personally dispatch him without hesitation to areas of South Asia for a lengthy tour. Wasn't he in one of WWII documentary films from Germany?

    November 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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