Freshman Republican: No More Pledges, Not Even Norquist’s

Freshman Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) is done with pledges tying the hands of lawmakers, especially the strict anti-tax pledge put out by American for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist that most Republican lawmakers sign. “I want to be intellectually honest with the folks back home,” Ribble said today. “I’m no longer signing any pledges to anybody. I’m not going to sign it next year.” Ribble said the last straw came when Norquist wouldn’t let Republicans close tax loopholes that subsidize ethanol production.