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Gilmore Gets Support From Former House Leader

Anita Kumar

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R), known for his opposition to higher taxes and earmarks, praised U.S. Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III this morning on a conference call with Virginia reporters.

Armey said the popularity of earmarks in Congress is "so far out of control" that only members who stand up and oppose them can halt them.

In recent weeks, Gilmore, a former governor, has come out against the $700 billion federal rescue package and earmarks. He signed a "no earmarks" pledge today.

Gilmore said that he opposed the bailout bill, party because it was filled with earmarks including money for rum manufacturers and a company that makes wooden arrows. He said the practice of securing earmarks is open to "fraud and abuse."

Armey, a former Texas congressman, is chairman of FreedomWorks, a group dedicated to "lower taxes, less government and more freedom."

Gilmore faces former governor Mark R. Warner for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring John W. Warner (R).

By Anita Kumar  |  October 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
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How can I believe Gilmore will deliver on "no earmarks" when he promised "no car tax" in his race for Virginia Governor? I know first hand. The personal property tax on cars is as obnoxious today as when he renegged on his campaign promise.

Posted by: Rich | October 14, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Rich, Give Gov. Gilmore credit, he did everything he could to try to totally eliminate the Car Tax. Even to the point of putting the Commonwealth's credit rating at risk.

Fault him on other things maybe, but not on trying to eliminate the Car Tax.

Posted by: NoVA | October 14, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, that's really gonna change MY vote, knowing that Dick Armey has endorsed Jim Gilmore. Armey is the guy who predicted that if Bill Clinton's deficit reduction bill in 1993 was enacted, that we'd be in a recession by 1994, with deficits as far as the eye could see. Instead, we had the longest period of economic growth in American history, and a balanced budget three years later.

Dick is head of the deadbeat wing of the GOP, those one-trick ponies who only want to cut taxes, and never want to cut spending. Under Armey's "leadership", the GOP controlled congress in passed the most pork laden highway bill in history, and outspent its own budget resolution in 1998 by $100B.

This endorsement will be a game-changer in the Virginia Senate race. Not.

Posted by: John | October 14, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Armey, a former Texas congressman, is chairman of FreedomWorks, a group dedicated to "lower taxes, less government and more freedom.""

So far we have less freedom thanks to cheney/bush fear mongering!!!

cheney/bush have increased government spending and BORROWING!!

Great job republicans!!!!

Posted by: JAC | October 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Re:"Gilmore Gets Support From Former House Leader"

Dick Armey???? I knew Gilmore was done but this is the last nail in the coffin.

Posted by: Jerry | October 14, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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