Patriot Pledge Announces Three More Candidates Have Signed Common Sense

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Litmus Test Garners Additional Candidate Support

Today, PatriotPledge.org announced three additional candidates have signed the Patriot Pledge. Candidates Gen. Skoch (R–AR), Mr. Gillenwater (R-MS) and Mr. Hamilton (L–MS) have signed the Patriot Pledge (http://www.patriotpledge.org).

“Representative government was intended to be just that: Representative. When candidates pursue political office as a career, when they are enriched by serving in office, when they don't actually read legislation they are voting on, or when they meet behind closed doors with special interests, they aren't representing the people,” said Gen. Skoch, “They are representing themselves or those special interests. I am proud to have signed the Patriot Pledge because our campaign is all about returning elected government to the people.’

The Patriot Pledge (http://www.patriotpledge.org) is an oath demanded by the people of all candidates running for elected office within the Congressional branch of the federal government. It is an oath each candidate signs committing him or her to the following:

  •     I will not serve within the Congressional branch of the federal government for more than 12 years.
  •     I will have a complete understanding of every provision of a bill prior to casting a vote in favor of it.
  •     I will spend the government’s money as prudently as I would spend my own money, recognizing that each dollar the government spends was taken from a working citizen or borrowed against our future.
  •     I will not accept any health or retirement benefits after departing Congress provided to me as a member and will work to pass legislation ensuring Congress is part of the same social security and health benefits system provided to common working class Americans.
  •     I will record and post transcripts or videos on the internet of all meetings I or my staff hold with any lobbyist (or former congressmen) while serving in the Congress and I vow not to become a lobbyist following my tenure in Congress.

“We are pleased three additional candidates have declared their loyalty rests with the American people. Voters in every district across every state need to ask their candidates to sign the Patriot Pledge.” said Rodney Rice, co-founder of PatriotPledge.org, “If a candidate will not sign it, voters need to think long and hard about what that candidate’s motives for seeking office really are.”

PatriotPledge.org is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition of voters seeking to improve the quality of our representation in Congress. Citizens taking the Voter Pledge agree (http://www.patriotpledge.org/voter-pledge) to vote in all federal Congressional races in their district; and when afforded the opportunity, to only vote for Congressional candidates who have taken the Patriot Pledge oath at http://www.patriotpledge.org. Supporters can also fan the pledge at http://www.facebook.com/patriotpledge. In a survey, 85% of voters have indicated they will vote for Patriot Pledge candidates over non-Patriot Pledge candidates*.

*QualVu (http://www.qualvu.com) survey of 644 Americans.

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