Capital Tonight’s State of Politics
Even as GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth prepares to leave office at the beginning of the new year, advocacy groups pushing for raising taxes on the rich aren’t letting up.
The campaign is part of an overall effort to pressure Republicans — including those who lost their seats like Hayworth — to back a plan that keeps taxes low for the middle class and poor, but raises them for the wealthy.
“If Congress fails to pass the tax cuts for the middle class, payroll taxes will go up and devastate families like mine, the middle class, and those with lower incomes,” said Ueral Watson of New Windsor. “That’s not right and why Nan Hayworth needs to show leadership by breaking from her party leadership in Washington that is protecting tax cuts for the rich and serve the best interests of those she was elected to represent.”
Hayworth lost her seat in November to Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney.
Meanwhile, the Strong Economy for All coalition and Citizen Action are pushing Republican members like Chris Gibson, Tom Reed, Peter King and Richard Hanna to back a plan that ends the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.
Both King and Gibson have said they aren’t following the Grover Norquist no-tax-increases pledge as the fight over the fiscal cliff in Washington, DC continues.