Bright Joins Mace In Signing Spending Pledge
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (September 24, 2013) – State Senator Lee Bright, candidate for US Senate, South Carolina, has officially signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to reduce spending. The pledge stipulates that Bright will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.
Bright, one of several challengers facing off against Lindsey Graham in the Palmetto State, is the second in the race to sign the pledge put out by the national, nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending and joins 34 additional candidates from across the country. Other signers include Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), and Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1).
The Reject the Debt pledge has had a noticeable impact in South Carolina electoral politics in 2013: earlier in the year, 15 of the 19 candidates in SC-1′s special election signed the pledge, with pledge signer Mark Sanford ultimately edging out Curtis Bostic, who would not sign. Earlier this month, Senate candidate Nancy Mace signed the pledge.
Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, released the following statement in response to the news:
“Countless special interests on both sides put endless pressure on elected officials to continue indefinite spending regardless of financial commitments. In this climate, it’s unfortunately common for election-time promises to be as temporary as the races that produce them. It’s extremely encouraging for a candidate to put a commitment like this one on paper — and shows commitment above and beyond the average.”
“We’re thrilled Senator Bright has done so,” he added, “and citizens in South Carolina should be thrilled as well.”
As the 2014 elections draw closer, the Coalition says it has been in touch with the other candidates in the race and also plans to reach out to every elected official and candidate for office with the opportunity to go on the record with regard to spending.
More information, including the full text of the pledge, can be found online at http://www.ReduceSpending.org/
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