In his Dec. 20 op-ed column, "Republicans Go After Their Own," Robert D. Novak says the new Club for Growth plans to "raise $10 million to elect House members dedicated to free markets and low taxes -- and oust incumbent Republicans who aren't." I am listed as a target, but I have one of the strongest records in Congress on reducing taxes and promoting free markets.

Since the early Reagan years, I have voted for major tax reform, opposing President Bush's 1990 and President Clinton's 1993 tax hikes. I don't like Republican or Democratic tax increases -- that is why groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorse me.

I supported the Taxpayers Relief Act of 1997, IRS reform and the $792 billion tax cut the president vetoed this year. I support elimination of the marriage penalty and the estate tax and consistently have called for a simpler, fairer and flatter tax code.

When it comes to free markets, I believe our ability to trade translates into well-paid jobs at home. I have supported NAFTA, GATT and the WTO.

According to Congressional Quarterly, I vote with my party 75 percent of the time. However, I choose my constituents over party politics.

Republicans and the Club for Growth should unite to keep the Republican majority. Republicans should stop fighting Republicans and start beating Democrats.


U.S. Representative (R-N.J.)