FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 5, 2013


David Pennington Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Dalton Mayor Cites Record of Reducing Taxes in Promise to Georgia Voters


WASHINGTON, DC— Businessman and Dalton Mayor David Pennington has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to defeat incumbent Governor Nathan Deal. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, commits signers to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”


“I want to congratulate Mr. Pennington for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” said ATR President Grover Norquist. “The people of Georgia have clearly stated what type of leadership they want in Atlanta. They want leaders who offer real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and jumpstart the economy.”


Norquist, who recently declared Deal’s support for T-SPLOST was violating the tax pledge (, continued: “By signing the Pledge, David Pennington demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working Georgia taxpayers.”


“As a Mayor, I cut property taxes by a full 28%. And, as the recipient of a Guardian of Ethics Award, Georgians can know that I will keep my promise to oppose higher taxes,” said Pennington. “Unlike Nathan Deal, I know job growth is not going to come from higher taxes – even for regional transportation and private car sales.”


“Economic growth comes from unleashing our job creators; that is why I support the elimination of the Georgia income tax,” concluded Pennington. “We need comprehensive tax reform led by an immediate income tax cut.”