November 27th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
9 years ago

Norquist: 'Shame on Peter King'

(CNN) - Grover Norquist says Rep. Peter King of New York tried to "weasel out" of the anti-tax pledge.

“I hope his wife understands that commitments last longer than two years,” Norquist, an anti-tax activist, said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Grover, get lost and take your pledge with you. Any member of Congress that signed your pledge and is to cowardly to walk away from it will be out of a job in 2014.

    November 27, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Snacklefish

    The Republican Party will continue to flirt with political irrelevance as long as they let mouthpieces like this tool dictate party direction and stand in the way of actual compromise and collaboration.

    November 27, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Entitlements and welfare reform have to be part of any deal.

    November 27, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "Grover, get lost and take your pledge with you. Any member of Congress that signed your pledge and is to cowardly to walk away from it will be out of a job in 2014."

    Makes you wonder if we're better off encouraging him.

    November 27, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. rs

    Mr. Grover Norquist thinks that by having vapid, self-serving members of the GOP sign his "pledge" on taxes that he actually bought something (like loyalty perhaps).
    What he fails to grasp is that the vast majority of Americans are sick and tired of the giveaways to the vastly rich (the only people who have done well in the last 20 years) at the expense of federal programs (like Social Security and Medicare) that actually help keep the Middle Classes out of abject poverty, and now they are holding the GOP's feet to the fire.
    The GOP lost big in the recent election because they demonstrated they WERE the party for the rich, and not all Americans. If the GOP sticks with Mr. Norquist and his pledge, the counrty will never recover from Norquist's "starve the beast" mentality, and they will lose election after election.

    Perhaps if Mr. Norquist really wants to directly impact American tax policy, he should run for office instead of threatening his lackies with retribution- but who would elect a kook like him?

    November 27, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Sniffit

    oops, edit:

    "Grover, get lost and take your pledge with you. Any member of Congress that signed your pledge and is to cowardly to walk away from it will be out of a job in 2014."

    Makes you wonder if we're better off encouraging him FOR NOW.


    November 27, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. terry

    Why are Repubs letting this nobody dictate policy for all Americans? We elect reps to think for themselves or so I thought. Grover...stop interfering. let's get our country moving again.

    November 27, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Elected officials who honor a pledge to a lobbyist and ignore their pledge to our country should bar rested for treason.

    November 27, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    I am asking to the citizens of our nation–who is this guy???? What is his stature in political arena??? Why don't we ask USA govt., dig about his taxes and wealth and put him in jail???if found illegal....

    November 27, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. sonny chapman

    Repubs. like Grover take their Political Ideology to the level of Religious Theology. Even Religious Theology is not infallible. Many wars started over Theology. Having a political ideology of that degree is dangerous & has no place in a Democracy. Hell, just look at Grover's pictures; I don't think there is one picture of him smiling. He scares the hell out of me.

    November 27, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. ST

    My fellow Dems, just take your seats and be ready to watch "the Pledge Scandal". Things have just warmed up/started and ready to be in a full swing.

    November 27, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. plain&simple

    Grover the moralist....? He worships the almighty $$$ and any "pledge" made to him cannot be equated to one made to God in a marriage vow!! Time has stripped the cover away from the falsity of this man's motivation.

    November 27, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Sandy

    Could someone answer me this question? Who gave Grover the authority to draft a pledge on our (the American people's) behalf, a pledge that has HIS own beliefs not ours? Did any of you? This is a pledge to Grover not to US!

    The oath of office states:

    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or PURPOSE OF EVASION; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

    Why isn't anyone in the media mentioning that Grover, by drafting this pledge and having members of our government sign it is an Enemy of the State and that those signing the pledges are breaking their oath of office? They are just reporting it like it's no big deal! Those who signed the pledge are EVADING the constitution by refusing to raise taxes, something the constitution says is part of CONGRESS' JOB!


    November 27, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. So.......

    The shame is on every member of Congress who signed this pledge! Who is this man that he should presume to speak for the American people? Norquist claims that the pledge is not to himself but to the electorate. I certainly don't recall asking him to act in my name. Herein lies the problems with lots of Republican men. Many of them think that only they know what's best for everyone and therefore, only they have the right solutions for the country!

    November 27, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. james gordon

    So norquist thinks he is married to king ? Norquist is married to a Muslim, and he is part of the islamic brotherhood , the republicans must be his harem ,,such odd bed fellows

    November 27, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    Good bye Grover. Your days of trying to run America are over! I can't believe you share the same name as my favorite uncle.

    November 27, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    I hear a buzzing sound in my ear. Must be a irrelevant tightie rightie talking

    November 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. anonoymous

    Poor Grover must be hard to try to convince the emperor he has on clothes when he knows he doesnt. Even harder to convince the pledge signers he has power when he knows he doesnt. This is a new day. Too much access to information and private fundraiser convos. The people will no longer allow special interest groups to control how their elected official votes. Continue allegation to them will find them looking for a new career

    November 27, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. bb

    Given the two choices of keeping some stupid pledge or keeping their jobs, my guess is that certain members of the GOP will choose a paycheck every time.

    November 27, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Shame on Grover Norquist for suborning the Constitution with his "pledges". This man should be tried for treason during wartime for his actions.

    November 27, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Thomas

    Grover , why are NFL teems considered Non Profit taxed exempt ?

    And why hasn't your Non Profit lobby worked to create a fare and just tax code over the last twenty years ?

    "weasel out"

    November 27, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Ancient Texan

    Signing a pledge to not supply the insane spending government with even more taxpayer money to spend in an effort to further SOCIALIZE us and buy special interest votes is NOT a bad thing. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

    November 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Facts don't Lie

    what a hack this guy is. NOBODY in congress should ever have to sign any types of pledges because as King said times change. Me thinks Grover is starting to feel his grip on the GOP is starting to slip......the only thing he is getting now is free airtime to whine about it.

    November 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. Grover Norquist showing America his petulant side. Typical GOPer lobbyist throwing a temper tantrum because he's no longer getting his way. Isn't it about time for GOPer leadership to finally grow up and act like the adults their age suggests they actually are?

    Pledges. To Norquist of all people. Unbelievable GOPers actually allowed him to lead them on his lease for this long.

    November 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. callmecrazy

    Grover, you do realize you are dealing with "politicians" don't you? They should not have signed your pledge to begin with. They represent US not you. Please go away.

    November 27, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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