The Grassroots Corner October 11, 2021

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  • 10/11/2021

Our latest FAIRtax Candidate Pledge signer, Allen Waters, is running for Congress in his native blue state of Rhode Island. But Allen is no stranger to the FAIRtax. He ran in 2018 for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts as an Independent, taking time out of his campaign to drive down to New Jersey to meet with me to discuss the FAIRtax. Incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren took first place that year, but Allen was undeterred.

In May of 2019, I took a trip to New England to have dinner again with Allen. It was then that he signed the FAIRtax pledge for the first time. Allen was running as a Blue Dog Democrat for the Massachusetts Senate seat held by Democrat Ed Markey.  Unfortunately, his run was not successful as Markey won the election in November 2020.

Still, Allen was not down for the count. He moved next door to his home state of Rhode Island. There, he inserted himself into the race for the U.S. Senate. Despite Allen’s best efforts, highly popular incumbent Democrat Jack Reed, who has held the seat since 1997, won again in November.  However, it should be noted that while Reed did win the election, Allen gave him a run for his money.  Reed recorded his lowest vote total since first running for the Senate in 1996.  There was also a third-party candidate in the 1996 race which probably brought down Reed’s numbers. There was no third-party candidate in 2020.

Today, Allen is still not down for the count. The next election for the U.S. House of Representatives is in November 2022. Allen, running as a Republican, is already in the race in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District. That seat has been occupied by Democrat David Cicilline since 2011. The Republican primary will take place on September 13, 2022. The only other potential Republican candidate we know of may have run last time as an independent.

On September 16, 2021, Allen once again signed the FAIRtax Candidate Pledge, this time for the 2022 race. Here he is holding up the document.

While visiting CPAC in Florida this spring, Allen noticed two guys wearing FAIRtax Power Radio shirts. He called out to FAIRtax Guys Bob Paxton and the late Ron Maiellaro.  He gave them a great interview and had a terrific meeting.

Allen does not just talk the FAIRtax talk, he walks the FAIRtax walk. FAIRtax appears on his Issues Page:

“The FAIRtax
“Allen Waters signed Americans For Fair Taxation candidate pledge to support H.R. 25 "FairTax Act of 2021":  "To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States."

Allen has been with the FAIRtax for quite a while. He cannot remember exactly when he first heard of the FAIRtax, but he thinks he picked it up through social media about 2017.

Allen is a fourth generation Rhode Islander, whose line started with his maternal grandmother who was born in Providence in 1903. Allen’s father was a police officer in Providence.  He is a graduate of the Providence Public Schools and of the University of Rhode Island. He is a career investment consultant who is now semi-retired.

Allen is the father of five, three teenage daughters, a teenage son, and a son in his 40’s who has given Allen grandchildren.

Allen enjoys politics, running, exercise, and spending time with the family.

Allen believes in the FAIRtax, noting that the FAIRtax will make a better America with less corruption and a more representative government. He believes that the income tax causes problems. He seeks a tax system with no more surprises.  The FAIRtax, Allen declares, is for the people. Politicians don’t want it because they do not want to give up power and the ability to dispense favors.

Do you know someone like Allen Waters? If so, I would love to hear from you.
Yours In the FAIRtax Movement!

Jim Bennett
AFFT Grassroots Coordinator & Secretary


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