Rigell signs tea party 'pledge' in 2nd district
Auto dealer Scott Rigell signed a "pledge" authored by local tea party groups Thursday, a move the Republican candidate hopes will boost his campaign to oust Rep. Glenn Nye (D) in Virginia's 2nd congressional district.
After sparring with some tea party backers during a competitive Republican primary, Rigell has moved to shore up his support on the right since securing the GOP nomination in June. His latest move: Signing "A Pledge from Scott Rigell to the People of the Second Congressional District," a document developed by the Hampton Roads Tea Party and the 912 First Landing Patriots.
The document -- a full version of which is posted after the jump -- commits Rigell to supporting a series of positions and bills backed by many conservative and Libertarian-leaning voters, including a full audit of the Federal Reserve, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, repealing President Obama's health reform bill and blocking tax increases of any kind.
Karen Miner Hurd, the head of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, said in an interview Friday that her group was careful not to make the pledge so lengthy that Rigell might be wary of signing it.
"We all said alright everybody, you can't go to politicians with these huge laundry lists of things," Hurd said. "They don't like that."
In addition to promoting fiscal discipline, the pledge signed by Rigell also opposes salary increases and other potential perks for members of Congress until the federal budget is balanced. And the pledge touches on a number of other hot-button topics: "I will vote against any legislation that abridges free speech under the guise of internet neutrality or campaign finance reform, supports kill switch, creates internet taxes, or imposes a fairness doctrine."
Though the document was developed locally, Hurd said she wouldn't be surprised if more tea party groups around the country started devising similar pledges for candidates to sign. "I think we will see it happening," she said, since it can otherwise be difficult to hold politicians accountable for the promises they make on the campaign trail.
Here is the full text of the pledge signed by Rigell:
A Pledge from Scott Rigell to the People of the Second Congressional District
In addition to my sacred oath as a representative to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, if elected to Congress I pledge:
To promote fiscal discipline and accountability by supporting a full audit of the Federal Reserve System that would be made available to the Congress and the American People. I will support this through any House rule or procedure, any Committee vote, and any House floor roll call vote.
To fix Washington's spending problem and set America on the right fiscal track by supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment or similar Constitutional amendment
(e.g. Taxpayers Bill of Rights which is indexed to population growth) that serves as an objective standard to control government spending.
To promote the economic well-being of American families and businesses by voting against any tax or fee increase. I will not support any increase in Congressional salaries, perks, retirement, or health benefits until the budget is balanced.
To safeguard America's fundamental principles and liberties through vigilance in protecting the rights of free speech. I will vote against any legislation that abridges free speech under the guise of internet neutrality or campaign finance reform, supports kill switch, creates internet taxes, or imposes a fairness doctrine.
To uphold the constitution and protect America's economic freedom by supporting legislation (such as the Discharge Petition now in Congress) to repeal and defund the Affordable Health and Patient Recovery Act ,and actively promote free market solutions to address the nation's healthcare concerns. I will do this in any House procedure, Committee vote, or House floor roll call vote. I commit to overriding any Presidential veto of the same.
To bring accountability and reform to Washington by supporting any type of legislation that would increase transparency and accountability in any act of Congress, such as the Enumerated Powers Act.
To fight against any measure that subverts U.S. sovereignty, whether through trade, currency, environmental causes, the United Nations, immigration amnesty, or under the guise of human rights.
Signed by Scott Rigell August 26, 2010
August 27, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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