Freshman Republican: ‘I am not wed to Grover Norquist’

Nearly every Republican in the House has signed the pledge, which leaves no wiggle room for lawmakers to support any legislation that raises the net level of taxation.

The issue of raising taxes has been a sticking point for Republicans both during the debt-ceiling negotiations and as the deadline approaches for the supercommittee to reach a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction deal.

Gowdy joins a growing number of GOP members who are trying to distance themselves from the pledge. Some House Republicans recently told The Hill that they want their name taken off Norquist’s list.

“I haven’t signed it since 1994,” Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) said.

Others who are listed as signers said they specifically refused to sign the pledge during their most recent campaigns.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has blasted Republicans for signing a document that Democrats say impedes negotiations.

“Who do they fear?” asked Reid, speaking of Senate Republicans. “The truth is they are terrified to violate the infamous Grover Norquist tax pledge even though they know Norquist is wrong — or if they don’t know, they should know.”