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A peppy campaign slogan, but then what?



Front_07_2UPDATE: Will Pruitt, another Republican in the race and brother of Senate President Ken Pruitt, tells us: "I signed that two months ago."

We just got a news release from Marlene O'Toole, a Republican candidate for House District 42, saying she had signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge to never vote for a tax increase.

"At a time when Florida's economy is struggling, I cannot believe how many elected officials are mentioning tax increases as a possibility," O'Toole said, seen here in a campaign photo with Gov. Charlie Crist (who has also signed the pledge*)

Oh really? Will the hopeful legislator buck House Republican leadership if voters approve the "sales tax" swap? The plan would require legislators to replace $9-billion in property tax revenue for schools with other funding sources, including a penny or more sales tax increase. Any comment, Speaker Sansom?

Republicans say pledge founder Grover Norquist does not feel is not a violation if a proposal including a tax hike results in an overall tax decrease.

Pruitt's Web site also features a shot with the popular governor.


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:21pm]


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