Seifert signs tax pledge (again)


Minnesota Republicans will endorse their candidate for governor in three and a half weeks, and state Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, wants them to know where he stands on taxes.

Seifert, one of two frontrunners in the GOP race, appeared at a Taxpayers League of Minnesota news conference today to sign a pledge that he will not support tax increases. Standing in front of the cameras, Seifert put his signature on an oversized pledge card. But he actually signed the pledge privately about a month ago.

Seifert said most people he meets on the campaign trail tell him they feel they are overtaxed.

“There’s no equivocation,” Seifert said. “There’s no question mark for people as they go forward in the election process (about) what they’re going to get, not only with my candidacy, but should I be elected, what they will get with an administration.”

Seifert’s chief rival for the endorsement, state Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, did not sign the pledge.

Phil Krinkie, president of the taxpayers league, said Emmer told him he was leaving his options open. Krinkie insisted his non-profit, non-partisan organization was not endorsing Seifert or any other candidate.