Republican Slips Right Through Grover Norquist–Pledge Loophole

Founder of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist participates in a debate at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, November 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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New York representative Chris Gibson has explained away his broken promise to anti-tax king Grover Norquist on the grounds of a glorious technicality brought on by redistricting: “The Congressman signed the pledge as a candidate in 2010 for the 20th Congressional District,” his spokeswoman said today. “Regarding the pledge moving forward, Congressman Gibson doesn’t plan to re-sign it for the 19th Congressional District, which he now represents (the pledge is to your constituents of a numbered district).” According to state law, Norquist has no recourse because you may not triple-stamp a double-stamp.

Chris Gibson Slips Through Tax-Pledge Loophole