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Grover Norquist to endorse Mourdock after Lugar rejects no-tax pledge
Yahoo News ^ | May 1, 2012 | Chris Moody

Posted on 05/01/2012 2:53:05 PM PDT by Hojczyk

Grover Norquist, the influential conservative activist who is the president of Americans for Tax Reform, will endorse Richard Mourdock over Dick Lugar before next week's Republican Senate primary in Indiana, Yahoo News has learned.

Lugar, who has represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate since 1977, has never signed Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" never to raise taxes. A majority of Republican lawmakers—and some Democrats in conservative districts—have signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge.

Norquist will join a handful of high-profile conservatives and organizations—including Sarah Palin and the American Conservative Union—who have backed Mourdock, Indiana's state treasurer who is running to Lugar's right with the backing of national tea party groups.

Members of Lugar's congressional staff met with Norquist at the Americans for Tax Reform headquarters in Washington earlier this year to discuss whether Lugar would sign the no-tax pledge, a source who attended the meeting told Yahoo News.

Norquist never received a reply from Lugar's staff, the source said, so he contacted Lugar's office last week to give the Indiana senator one final chance to sign. Lugar refused, the source said.

Lugar campaign spokesman Andy Fisher said the senator did not sign the pledge to avoid being "beholden to D.C. special interests."

"Hoosiers don't want their senators beholden to D.C. special interests and that's why Richard Mourdock's hometown paper called on candidates of both political parties not to sign pledges," Fisher told Yahoo News. "Sen. Dick Lugar is proud to be endorsed by Indiana's leading job creators—a striking contrast to Mourdock's support from D.C. interest groups that bear zero responsibility for job creation or economic development in Indiana."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: grovernorquist; indiana; richardlugar; richardmourdock

1 posted on 05/01/2012 2:53:12 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Nobody needs Grover’s endorsement. He is a self-important, self-serving dweeb.

More candidates need to tell him to take a hike.


2 posted on 05/01/2012 2:57:14 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Hojczyk

I want a candidate who will pledge to advance Biblical and Constitutional values.
Unfortunately, few will.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 3:01:58 PM PDT by Tau Food
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Hojczyk.


4 posted on 05/01/2012 3:02:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Migraine; Hojczyk

Lugar is going to lose, in large part, because Hoosiers don’t like outsiders telling them what to do or how to do it. (and, by selling his Indiana residence, Lugar has become an outsider) Grover Norquist’s endorsement will have exactly zero influence on this race, if only because your average Hoosier has never heard of him and will never hear of his endorsement. Otherwise, his endorsement would be a negative.


5 posted on 05/01/2012 3:12:27 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Migraine

6 posted on 05/01/2012 3:34:40 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Migraine

Isn’t mr Norquist for amnesty and open borders? I wouldn’t want his endorsement. It would probably do more harm then good. Of course, since Mccain endorsed Lugar, I guess they are about even.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 3:39:32 PM PDT by Oregon Coast Conservative
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To: Hojczyk

I wouldn’t want Norquist’/CAIR’s endorsement!


8 posted on 05/01/2012 4:09:59 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ping for ya!


9 posted on 05/01/2012 4:12:00 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Migraine

Sarah Palin should become the replacement for Norquist’s job. She would be the honey that would attract all of the conservative honey bees. Palin needs to be the central power of the purse strings person, not Ahab-the-Arab Norquist. I just cannot trust that guy.


10 posted on 05/01/2012 5:02:21 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Hojczyk
GROVER NORQUIST IS NEITHER A "REAL" REPUBLICAN AND CERTAINLY, NO CONSERVATIVE....

....IN FACT he is not only a TRAITOR and ISLAMOFASCIST SUPPORTER, ENABLER AND APOLOGIST....

....His influence peddling (going back to George Bush) and enabling has had a detrimental affect and allowed the Muslim Brotherdhood to gain a foothoold in the Conservative Movement and reaches to the highest levels of Gov't to include the White House, DHS, DOJ and Dept of Defense....

....Making this bottom-feeding, snake and charlatan one of the most despicable (AND DANGEROUS) scumbags in the US at the present time....

...And its about time that "we" Freepers do something about it/him.

...SEE: http://muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com/ and pay particular attention of parts III and IV.

11 posted on 05/01/2012 5:57:03 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: nodumbblonde; indiana; nascarnation; Elsie; Bronzy; CORYDON; CommieCutter

Grover Norquist has his faults, but if it helps Mourdock win the primary, more power to him.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 6:03:52 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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