What Are You Hiding?

August 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mitt Romney is still refusing to release ten years of tax returns, this despite mounting pressure from Democrats and Republicans alike. Harry Reid has also recently come out saying that he was informed by a former Bain Capital investor that Romney has not paid taxes in ten years. That still has not been enough for the Romney campaign to release his tax returns. Many now believe  that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is trying to hide something.

His refusal, however, contradicts his own positions in the past, specifically in his 1994 race against Ted Kennedy, and his 2002 campaign for governor in Massachusetts. In both cases, Romney insisted that his rivals release their tax returns. During his 2002 campaign, his opponent Shannon O’Brien released her tax returns and insisted that he do the same. He refused, citing privacy reasons but this did not stop his campaign manager, Eric Fehrnstrom, from demanding that she release her husbands tax returns:

“Her hands aren’t clean. She can’t claim to be disclosing anything until she discloses the returns of her husband, the Enron lobbyist. Under Shannon O’Brien, the state Pension Board lost millions by buying Enron stock when it was collapsing – what is she hiding?”

In 1994, Romney himself demanded that Ted Kennedy release his tax returns, saying:

“It’s time the biggest-taxing senator in Washington shows the people of Massachusetts how much he pays in taxes.”

 

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