Jon Huntsman, Sr. to Mitt Romney: Release More Tax Returns

The issue of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s tax returns just won’t go away. And the latest call comes from GOP who was once considered close to Romney: Jon Huntsman, Sr:

Jon Huntsman Sr. called on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns Friday, complaining that the Republican nominee was not being “fair” with voters.

“I feel very badly that Mitt won’t release his taxes and won’t be fair with the American people,” Huntsman told the Washington Post. He said Romney “ought to square with the American people and release his taxes like any other candidate.”

Huntsman, father of Romney’s primary rival Jon Huntsman Jr., served as Romney’s 2008 finance chair. Some speculated that he might be the source for Harry Reid’s unsubstantiated claim that Romney paid no taxes for 10 years, based on the Utah billionaire’s past close relationship with Romney and his son’s more recent antagonistic one. Huntsman, while echoing Reid’s call for Romney to release his returns, denied to the Post that he was the source, calling the allegation “absolutely false.”

Like Reid, Huntsman noted that Romney’s own father, George Romney, started the modern tradition of releasing tax returns for presidential candidates.

“I loved George,” Huntsman said. “He always said, ‘Pay your taxes for at least 10 or 12 years.’”

Not a good development for Romney. To be sure you can bet your Grandma’s Casino gambling card that Huntsman, Sr. will now be attacked furiously in the conservative news media in an effort to discredit him. But Romney’s problem is not with Republicans voting for him. His problems are a)unfavorable ratings that are going up b)the number of independent voters who like him, which are going down.

This won’t help and efforts to discredit Huntsman won’t score with these voters.

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  • RP

    He is either hiding something that will do him more harm than releasing them and if so, then he deserves to take the attacks for the left.

    If he is not hiding anything, then release them early October when the greatest impact of releasing them would happen and the left would have to eat crow for a couple of weeks. Maybe just before the debate so BO could not bring this up at that time.

  • DaGoat

    I think Romney should release his tax returns. Many on the right have said they think he should release his tax returns. I don’t understand the hubbub over Huntsman Sr’s comments other than he happens to be the guy DailyKos accused of being Reid’s source, something Huntsman denied.

  • http://elijahssweetespot.com tidbits

    Every day that a new person calls on Romney to release additional tax returns is a) another day that Romney is failing to get his message out and b) another day that Obama is driving the narrative.

    Drip!

    Drip!

    Drip!

  • dduck

    Drip, Drip equal campaign droop. What’s the poop Mitt, enough for a scoop? Continuous loop as the Dems stoop to conquer while you try to jump through their hoops.

  • http://www.newshoggers.com/ RON BEASLEY

    I still think the 2009 returns are the problem. I’m betting he was on the UBS list of 4,000 Americans that were hiding funds in Switzerland and he took advantage of the Amnesty. That would be part of the 2009 returns. There is also that 100 million dollar IRA – something fishy there. He won’t release his returns because he can’t. The thing I find interesting is I think Huntsman the senior knows this.