|Congressman Peter King|
If you don't know who Grover Norquist is, allow us to explain: he's an angry little man who bullies Congressional candidates into signing his "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which basically is the wannabe lawmakers' promise that he or she won't vote to raise taxes under any circumstances. If a candidate refuses to sign the pledge -- or fails to live up to its requirements once elected to office -- Norquist moves heaven and earth to make sure that person isn't elected (or re-elected) to Congress.
As the founder of the group Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist has become a very powerful player in the Republican Party -- 95-percent of Republicans in Congress have signed his stubborn pledge, and are subject to Norquist's bullying. He's basically the Scut Farkus
of the Republican Party.
But Norquist's pledge is losing some of its luster amongst GOPers as the country approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff." And one of those GOP lawmakers standing up to Norquist's bullying is New York's own Congressman Peter King.More »