Norquist calls on Del. GOP to hold ground against Dems

By Tom Lehman 2:19am, February 10, 2013 - Updated 9:13pm, February 10, 2013
Grover Norquist addresses Delaware Republicans at Kent County GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, encouraged state Republicans to oppose compromise with Democrats during the Kent County GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night.

Norquist, who delivered the event's keynote address at Dover Downs, said Republican lawmakers should counter Democratic legislators who proposed what he called "damaging" policies, despite criticism of creating gridlock.

"One wants bigger and one wants smaller. You're gonna have an argument--I think a good argument, a useful argument, a principled argument and one we should have in front of the American people, because I think it's one we win," he says.

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Norquist, whose nonproft calls for lawmakers to vote against any tax increases, said he thinks those calling for compromise have outdated views from when party affiliation was not as important.

"Politicians or pundits who tell you that they pine for the good old days of bipartisan compromise are telling you how old they are," he said.

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He said Republicans needed to show solidarity against Democrats at the state level because it would lead to increased influence in Washington D.C., where he believes the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will prevent President Obama Democrats from raising taxes and increasing the size of government.

"I think it's going to be very helpful at the national level if we keep pointing to what works at the state level," he said.

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The Massachusetts native said he believed Delaware could become a red state, even after GOP candidates lost every statewide race in the 2012 general election.

"I empathize with the challenge Delaware has, and it is in no way hopeless," Norquist says.

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Sigler announces reelection bid

John Sigler, chairman of the State Republican Committee of Delaware, announced he will seek reelection for the position this April.

Sigler downplayed losses in the statewide elections and said the state GOP was no longer the minority party and was now the "opposition party."

"This job isn't done and I've never quit a job that isn't done," Sigler said.

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