Dec 11, 2013
Who Is Grover Norquist?
Posted on Nov 28, 2012
Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist and his pledge that many GOP lawmakers have signed to not raise taxes have come under fire as of late from the right. Some high-profile Republican lawmakers—including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker, and Rep. Peter King—have vowed they will break the pledge. Other influential lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, have downplayed its significance.
Still, the latest round of criticism has not deterred the conservative Norquist. “I get this every time someone burps,” the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform told CNN. “It always gets reported as all these guys have caved and said they’re for tax increases. All it is happens to be a handful of people are having impure thoughts.”
Norquist wields a powerful, Rush Limbaugh-like influence over the Republican Party. Although his name seems to be everywhere, many know little about the man whose tax pledge is virtually holding the “fiscal cliff” budget negotiations hostage.
As George H.W. Bush once said: “Who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?”
For that answer, we turn to CNN, which has crafted a profile of this important conservative figure in contemporary American politics.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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