Meet the real Grover Norquist
This week a Republican member of Congress took on an increasingly controversial political activist, Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist, an influential figure in the conservative movement famous for his "no tax increase pledge."
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., took to the House floor in an unusual and blistering denunciation of Norquist and his "unsavory" connections. Among those, he cited:
- his ties to known terrorist financiers Abdurahman Alamoudi and Sami Al-Arian;
- his support for the Ground Zero mosque;
- his advocacy for transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. soil;
- his lobbying on behalf of Fannie Mae;
- his representation of the Internet gambling industry.
"Simply put," said Wolf in a sharp attack recorded on C-SPAN, "I believe Mr. Norquist is connected with or has profited from a number of unsavory people and groups out of the mainstream."