Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson is telling candidates to be careful as to what questionnaires they fill out an what pledges they sign:
Now that you have qualified for office, you will no doubt be receiving many pieces of advice and counsel. In addition, you will be receiving requests from many various and sundry organizations to fill out questionnaires, signed commitments and pledges.
I highly recommend you not respond to any questionnaires and definitely do not sign any pledges or commitments until you have sought counsel from your consultant, other elected representatives and me. Too many times I have seen people who sign pledges and commitments, not fully understanding what they are signing, only to have the action used against them later.
Some of the groups distributing surveys are very good and reputable, but many are not. Many that participate in this process are somehow, some way getting money to advance their cause. Their only goal is to use these documents to advance such a cause, not help you.
Here is an example, there were many legislators that took a pledge from Americans for Tax Reform to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” Too bad many of them weren’t able to keep their word.
Essentially what King Glenn is saying is, don’t sign pledges for organizations that may have an agenda, but support causes of rentseeking special interests that the he supports.