Grover Norquist supports Gorman

To replace Congressman Shadegg in District 3

By Steele Coddington| February 10, 2010

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grover norquist, pam gorman, chuck gray
Grover Norquist, President of the nationally known coalition Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) left, with former State Senator Pamela Gorman, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 and Arizona Senate majority leader Chuck Gray. Norquist headed the Host Committee supporting Gorman’s candidacy to replace retiring Congressman John Shadegg.
    Photo by Steele Coddington

PHOENIX – Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, described by Newt Gingrich as “The person who I regard as the most innovative, creative, courageous and entrepreneurial leader of the anti-tax efforts and of conservative grassroots activism in America . . . has truly made a difference and changed American history.” Norquist lent his support to Pamela Gorman in her campaign for the seat of retiring District 3 Congressman John Shadegg last Friday at a fundraiser in Phoenix.

Gorman, former State Senator from Anthem, was lauded in Norquist’s remarks as a “Hero of the taxpayer” and exemplified as “the kind of Congressional candidate we need in Washington.” Recently she resigned from the State Senate (R - District 6) to run for Congress in her Congressional District 3 which encompasses Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, New River, Anthem, Desert Hills and parts of Glendale and Phoenix.

In announcing her candidacy, Gorman became the first candidate to sign the Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to oppose tax increases on Capitol Hill. Norquist said, “Pamela Gorman is a proven and courageous advocate for fiscally conservative principles and policies.”

As the founder of Americans for Tax Reform in 1985 at the request of President Ronald Reagan, Norquist opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. His coalition has a policy goal dedicated to reducing the percentage of the GDP consumed by the federal government, and actively seeks to curtail government spending, opposing Cap and Trade legislation and Democrat health care bills.

“As a law maker who actually reads and understands the legislation she votes on, Gorman would be a refreshing addition to Congress. She has staved off family budget busting tax increases in the Grand Canyon State and championed legislation to streamline government and eliminate wasteful spending.”