According to Illinois Review, “Americans for Tax Reform released a list of state level elected officials and challengers that have signed their Taxpayer Protection Pledge…[which] is a promise to voters to never vote for or support a tax increase.”
Gentle Readers, you could have knocked me over with a tax bill when I saw Pat Verschoore’s name on the list of 21 lawmakers who signed the pledge.
As you will recall, for years Verschoore pledged on his website that he would NEVER raise taxes or fees. Of course this changed in 2010 when he voted for the massive 67% tax increase, calling it “the right thing to do” and crowing at a candidate forum in September 2010 that he was the only real Democrat at the forum (which included Phil Hare and Dennis Ahern) because he was the only one advocating for higher taxes.
But that was then, this is now and it seems Pat is having second (or is it third?) thoughts. Or did he get some negative polling? Or does he believe the entire 72nd has amnesia? He dodged the bullet in ’12 against GOPer Anderson, but he doesn’t even know who his opponent will be this time—what gives? Deathbed conversion?
Who cares? He has zero credibility when it comes to taxes, so he can sign as many “pledges” as he wants—no one will believe him. The hardcore Democrats may vote lockstep for him but others will see him for the hypocrite he is.