For Immediate Release

March 9, 2010

Shepherd Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Joins 51 Republican and Democrat Georgia House Members Who Have Pledged Not to Raise Taxes on Georgians

ATLANTA – State House Candidate Jason Shepherd joined Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist on the steps of the Georgia capital to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, vowing to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

“I am proud to join so many Republican and Democrat House members in Georgia who have made the commitment to our families that we will not burden them with new or higher taxes,” said Shepherd. “With so many hard working families forced to cut back, government must do the same.”

51 members of the Georgia House and 19 members of the Georgia Senate have signed the pledge.

“Georgia Democrats like Reps. Shelia Jones and Alan Powell have stood up for lower taxes in Georgia, but the incumbent, who tries to tell the voters of our district that he is a conservative, has not,” said Shepherd. “I challenge my opponent will join me in pledging to the voters of the 37th that he will oppose any new or higher taxes.”

Shepherd personally delivered his signed pledge to Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist who announced Shepherd’s pledge during a rally held in front of the Georgia capital.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle.  It was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Ronald Reagan.  Since ATR first sponsored the Pledge in 1986, hundreds of U.S. Representatives, more than fifty U.S. Senators and every successful Republican Presidential candidate have all signed the Pledge.