Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane was in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, where he signed a pledge to "oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”
Crane's "No Climate Tax Pledge" was applauded in a press release by Americans for Prosperity, which calls itself a "free-market grassroots group." AFP described Crane a candidate for the GOP nomination in Idaho's 1st District for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.
Crane confirmed signing the pledge, but amended AFP's characterization of him as a candidate.
"No, I am not an announced candidate," said Crane in an e-mail from Washington. "But I am taking a serious look at this race."
Crane has not filed a notice of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, which is required once he raises $5,000 in contibutions.
Former GOP Rep. Bill Sali, who lost to Minnick in 2008 by 51 percent to 49 percent, has filed with the FEC and has asked supporters to pray for him as he weighs whether to make the race. Vaughn Ward, a Marine veteran and former aide to former-Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, is in the race and raised $50,000 in the first quarter of 2009. Others considering the race include state Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell.
Crane is one of more 130 lawmakers on the federal, state and local levels pledging to cap-and-trade legislation that would raise net revenue.
To read the pledge, go to www.NoClimateTax.com.