U.S. Senate candidate state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) is taking the pledge. No, not that pledge, the other one. Vukmir announced Tuesday that she has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
“Signing this pledge was a no-brainer,” Vukmir said in a release Tuesday. “Voters can know I will work to cut taxes, not just because I signed this pledge, but because I have a track record they can count on. I’ve worked closely with Gov. Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin to cut taxes by more than $8 billion, and I will take my same determination to let people keep their hard-earned money to Washington.”
Vukmir signed the pledge as a legislator in 2014. In 2017, Vukmir was praised by Americans for Tax Reform for her work to repeal Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act, the state’s minimum markup law.
Vukmir was also defended by Americans for Tax Reform in December when the national Club for Growth criticized Vukmir for supporting Republican budgets under Governor Scott Walker, including the 2011 budget after the passage of Act 10.
Kevin Nicholson, Vukmir’s opponent in the Republican primary, signed the pledge back in August.
The pledge can be an issue in Republican primaries. While both Nicholson and Vukmir are signers of the pledge in the current election cycle, former U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde refused to sign the pledge in 2012 when running in the Republican primary. Hovde finished second behind Governor Tommy Thompson. Hovde is said to be seriously considering entering this year’s race for U.S. Senate.