Or perhaps the Governor was too charitable in his description. TTR's tax pledge is actually just stunted itself. Don't forget:
- TTR made a big hairy deal before the Metro budget debate this year about Metro Council members signing their pledge not to raise taxes.
- One member signed it.
- That member caved in the end and supported a tax increase alternative to the Mayor's tax increase at the end of June.
- TTR founder and talking head Ben Cunningham made excuses for that member to the mainstream media rather than holding him publicly accountable for breaking his word and for signing a contract and not living up to his end of the bargain.
So, let's be crystal clear: the no tax pledge is just a tool that is packaged to increase TTR's sphere of influence. No one who is a TTR supporter in the legislature is really going to be held accountable.
When Ben Cunningham stood in front of all that mainstream media at Capitol Hill on Tuesday, trotting out another no tax pledge and demanding a response, he also had a proverbial get-out-of-jail-free card in his back pocket, which remains reserved for TTR friends. The pledge is immaterial. It's a diversion. Don't let them fool you, else you'll be reading somewhere next year that one or all of those Republican legislators standing with TTR on Tuesday actually voted for a tax increase. And it won't matter that they did, because TTR takes care of its friends.