Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, recently called George Cicotte and asked him to sign his "tax pledge." George refused to sign, stating that a true leader would never sign a special interest group's pledge and that he had his own written commitment to voters -- his contract with Eastern Washington. I believe that this is the essence of true leadership. George's contract provides a path to ease the middle class tax burden, and he makes that promise to us, not to Grover Norquist.
I find it admirable that George stood up to Norquist and special interest groups in general, and that those groups have no hold on him. George has offered a vision for the future, and he won't let special interest groups get in the way of that. Other candidates take a lot of money from these groups, and we never know when they will come knocking for that special favor that helps them and not us.
Because of this, I hope you will join me in voting for George Cicotte. He represents us, and has the courage to stand up to the special interest groups, because he represents us, not them.
PARKER MULLER, Kennewick