7th District Congressional candidate Billy Long signed a pledge with FreedomWorks to not support earmarking if elected to the U.S. House next year.
"So many politicians have a habit of breaking their word, telling their constituents one thing while doing another. They know that nobody will hold them accountable as long as they keep their stance undocumented and out of the press. I am signing this pledge so that my stance is on the record for voters to see at any time and I encourage other candidates to do the same," said Long in a statement Thursday. "I want people to know what I believe, and I want them to know that I am not afraid to stick to my guns. Wasteful earmarks are driving up our national debt and a wasting people’s hard earned money that they pay in taxes," he continued.
FreedomWorks, headed by former House Majority Leader Dick Army, is one of the largest and most influential groups in the conservative movement.
Back in June, I reported for POLITICO about how most of the main candidates aiming to replace Congressman Roy Blunt were distancing themselves from the earmark practice.
WHERE THE OTHERS IN THE 7th STAND ON EARMARKS:
GOODMAN: Hasn't sworn them off, but has set criteria for accepting earmarks.
UPDATED @ 8:18 PM: Goodman's campaign notes the Senator signed the Citizens Against Government Waste earmark pledge in early October. "My Spending Restriction and Reform Act will include an immediate moratorium on all earmarks until the federal spending process can be fixed, an across the board freeze on all federal spending and a balanced budget amendment," Goodman said in a statement.
NODLER: Said projects he advanced would go through normal committee process, but made no explicit pledge.
MOORE: Called them secretive, made promise not to accept them.
WISDOM: Opposed to all earmarks