Politico is reporting that though he parries all direct questions about taxation by saying he signed the Americans for Tax reform pledge, at candidate forums and when talking to newspapers he takes a different tack. The initial comments that raised the spectre of the dreaded tax increase were to the Macon Telegraph when he declared support for both cutting spending and raising revenue.
His campaign peddled this as an aberration, just a garbled support for the FairTax. But the Associated Press reports that he was talking internet sales tax, which ATR is vehemently against, as long ago as January:
Here he is talking about the Marketplace Fairness Act, aka the Internet Sales Taxation Act: “Being the only retailer up here, I can tell you I’ve seen both sides,” Perdue said at a January forum, according to The Associated Press. “The federal government should make sure all players are playing on an equal playing field. We should have the same rules apply to both brick-and-mortar and online retailers.”
So that’s fun. I bet this is driving his advisers batty. “David, please, just mumble about business experience and then trail off. Nothing about Uruguayan masseurs/masseuses this time.”