Two More New York Republicans Stand Up To Grover Norquist's Tax Bullying

Two new GOPers are standing up to Conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist and his stubborn "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," and they're both New Yorkers.

Upstate GOP congressmen Richard Hanna and Chris Gibson have both said they will not adhere to the guidelines of Norquist's pledge. Gibson signed the pledge last year when he was a newly elected congressman. Hanna has steered clear of it in the past, and says he won't sign on now.

The two join a growing list of opponents and defectors of Norquist's pledge, including notable Republican members of Congress like Long Island Representative Peter King and senators Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss.

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Rep. Peter King Finds Cojones To Stand Up To Tax Bully Grover Norquist

Categories: Bullies , Taxes
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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.

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Should New York Bullies Face Criminal Charges?

Felicia Garcia, 15, threw herself in front of a train after she was apparently bullied by students at her Staten Island high school.

As the story now goes, 15-year-old Felicia Garcia threw herself in front of a train in Staten Island as dozens of horrified students watched on Wednesday afternoon after getting tormented by several members of her high school's football team.

The alleged bullying followed a weekend party, at which she reportedly had sex with four football players at the same time.

Friends of the Staten Island teen tell multiple media outlets that the bullying by members of the football team was brutal -- online, at school, and at the train station just before she decided to take her own life; the bullies apparently were relentless.

Outraged New Yorkers are now calling for justice -- they want the bullies punished. Problem is, legally, no such punishment is available -- despite Governor Andrew Cuomo signing a "cyber-bullying" bill into law earlier this year.

As we noted at the time, the bill the governor signed does little to actually prevent punks from bullying their classmates. And no law currently exists in New York that punishes people for being bullies (however, according to a July 2012, review of each state's bullying laws, a law including criminal sanctions for convicted bullies has been proposed in the Empire State).

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Bullied Staten Island Teen Throws Herself in Front of Train As Friends Watched

Felicia Garcia
"I can't. I'm done. I give up."

That's what a bullied Staten Island teen posted on Twitter on Monday. Yesterday, 15-year-old Felicia Garcia jumped in front of a train as classmates watched. She was taken to a Staten Island University Hospital, where she died.

About 3:15 p.m. yesterday, Garcia and dozens of her classmates at Totternville High School were waiting at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station platform when Garcia reportedly broke away from the group and threw herself in front of an oncoming train.

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