Gilmore Gets Support From Former House Leader
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).
October 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner
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