Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-IL) said that while he signed the pledge for his first election, he now considers Norquist’s stance “disingenuous and irresponsible“:
I would never in a million years have considered this as some kind of a locked-in-granite pledge. Frankly, I didn’t even remember it. That shows you how obscure it was to me.
. . . I’m not saying I’m even committed now to a tax increase, but I think anybody who doesn’t indicate their willingness to look at revenues — expiration of tax loopholes, tax credits, increase in contribution to Social Security, which is a tax, and otherwise — would be disingenuous and irresponsible.
Several Republican members of Congress have been battered in their town halls for their fealty to Norquist tax purity pledge.