Romney Surrogate Says Romney Shouldn’t Release Tax Returns, People Should Just “Get Over It”
Romney campaign surrogate Jason Chaffetz (R), a Utah Representative, told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that Mitt Romney shouldn’t be forced to release his tax returns, and that critics of the candidate’s decision to hide his millions should just “get over it.”
Here’s the exchange:
LIZZA: What’s your position on that? Should Governor Romney release all those tax returns? Right now he’s in a very unique position for a presidential candidate, he’s only released one year and a summary of 2011.
CHAFFETZ: Governor Romney has paid 100 percent of his taxes that are owed, he’s complied 100 percent what the law requires, um…
LIZZA: No I’m sorry Congressman, I was just asking if you think he should release them, not if he’s complied with the law. Should he release his tax returns?
CHAFFETZ: I think he has released the tax returns.
LIZZA: Just yes or no, should he release them or not.
CHAFFETZ: No! No, I don’t…He’s been very successful, he’s released everything that he’s required to release, including paying more than 16 percent of his income to charitable givings. I think it’s a diversionary tactic. Most people, they don’t care about this. Governor Romney’s been very successful, get over it. It’s a reality.
So, as it stands, Romney’s surrogates aren’t even interested in pretending that their candidate is accountable to the American people. From where they sit, it’s perfectly fine for Romney to hide his Swiss bank account far away from prying eyes because that’s part of the privilege of being a member of the elite.
President Obama released his tax returns in April of 2012. It revealed that the president and his wife reported adjusted gross income of $789,674 in 2011, and paid just over 20 percent of it in federal taxes.
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