A group of progressive Nevadans will be making a trip to Sen. Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) district office in Las Vegas on Friday, and they plan on giving the Senate majority leader a pair of commemorative boxing gloves in honor of his high-profile sparring with Republicans over Mitt Romney's tax returns.
Reid told The Huffington Post in an interview published last week that an early investor in Bain Capital told him the presumptive GOP presidential nominee didn't pay any taxes for a decade. Reid's comments set off a political firestorm, with Romney denying the charge and the Republican National Committee chairman going so far as to call Reid a "dirty liar." Reid has continued to stand by his story.
James Walsh, a Vegas resident leading the trip to Reid's office, launched a petition on MoveOn.org's petition site, SignOn.org, to support the Nevada senator in the spat and to push Romney to be more transparent about his taxes. The former Massachusetts governor has only released one year of tax returns, opening himself up to charges from Democrats that he's hiding something. On his petition, Walsh writes:
My Senator Harry Reid has challenged Mitt Romney to release 10 years of his tax returns, like his father did (12 years) and Mitt has refused. As an American citizen, I think it is our right to see how a person who is running for President of the USA has paid their income tax. When he ran for Governor of Massachusetts he insisted that Ted Kennedy release his tax returns. [Editor's note: Romney ran against Kennedy for Senate.] So please Mitt don't be a hypocrite, release your tax returns.
The petition has more than 35,000 signatures as of this posting. Walsh's group plans to deliver Reid a copy of the petition along with the boxing gloves.
Correction: This post originally stated that Romney has released one full year of tax returns. In fact, that one tax return is likely incomplete.
"Politically, I think that would help him," Paul said in a interview with <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78599.html#ixzz20w7ycTBE" target="_hplink">Politico</a>. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want."
"I have no idea on why he has restricted the number to this point," <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57474352/pressure-mounts-on-mitt-romney-to-release-more-tax-returns/?tag=socsh" target="_hplink">Lugar said</a>.
"I don't know why... he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest," Will said on ABC's "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/george-will-mitt-romney-bain_n_1674513.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HP%2FPolitics+(Politics+on+The+Huffington+Post)" target="_hplink">This Week</a>." "He's done nothing illegal, nothing unseemly, nothing improper, but lots that's impolitic."
"He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy," Kristol said on "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/mitt-romney-tax-returns_n_1674325.html" target="_hplink">Fox News Sunday</a>." "You gotta release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two."
"I just believe in total transparency," Bentley told <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/gop-governor-calls-on-mitt-romney-to-release-additional-tax-returns-and-show-he-has-nothing-to-hide/" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>. "In fact, I was asked today that question -- do you think that Governor Romney should release his tax returns? And I said I do. I said, I release my tax returns. I may be the only public official in Alabama that does, but I release mine every year and I just believe that people should release their tax returns. And if you get them out and just get past that, it just makes it so much easier."
When asked on "<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/barbour-romney-should-release-more-tax-returns-20120710" target="_hplink">The Situation Room</a>" if Romney should release more returns, Barbour said, "I would. But should it be an issue in the campaign? I don't think it amounts to diddly."
"If there's nothing there, there's no 'there' there, don't create a there,'" Steele said on MSNBC.
"Tax returns the next problem. Releasing returns under pressure: more weakness, more pain," Frum <a href="https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/224509505973661696" target="_hplink">tweeted</a>.