Grover will have to cross off some names on his list of pledge signers in Congress (PDF).
According to his web site, Norquist says 39 Senators and 219 Representatives signed.
However, he counts both candidates in LA-03, only one can win, so that is really 218.
Reuters confirms this, only 218 of 234 incoming House Republicans signed, sixteen did not.
Then, this morning Peter King publicly declared that he will renounce his own pledge.
“I agree entirely with Saxby Chambliss. A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress,” King said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” He continued: “For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed a declaration of war against Japan. I’m not going to attack Japan today.The world has changed and the economic situation is different.”As a result only 217 still support the pledge while the remaining 218 are opposed to it!
Saxby Chambliss and Lindsey Graham have renounced theirs, too. Who will be next?
Returning Republican Reps. Mike Simpson (Idaho), Howard Coble (N.C.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.) and Scott Rigell (Va.), among others, all disavowed the commitment. A pledge-signer in the Senate, Tom Coburn (Okla.), also publicly battled with Norquist.Looks like Grover is down to 213 in the House and 36 in the Senate then.
Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM PT: It's actually 214. Someone pointed out I forgot Robert Andrews (D-NJ).