At a public appearance in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Wednesday, Tommy Thompson said he will NOT release his tax returns, and that’s final. “No,” Thompson told the pesky reporters who had the gall to press him for more info. “The answer is N-O. What part don’t you understand?”
Tom Murray of 620 WTMJ Newsradio was one of the (bothersome) reporters on the scene today at Husco International, where Thomspon spoke in front of employees:
“When I was governor and I was employed by the people of the State of Wisconsin, I released my tax returns, but I’ve been in the business world,” Thompson said. “The question is, ‘am I going to release my tax returns?’ The answer is ‘no’.”
Thompson stood firm when pressed by reporters.
“No,” Thompson said. “The answer is N-O. What part don’t you understand?”
What’s the big deal? After all, Tammy Baldwin, Tommy’s Democratic opponent for U.S. Senate, has already released ten years worth of state and federal tax returns.
According to her campaign, “Baldwin has earned an average Adjusted Gross Income of $169,392. In 2011 she paid $51,315 in taxes and her effective income tax rate was 19.35%.
Said John Kraus, Tammy Baldwin’s Communications Director:
“Wisconsin voters deserve to know if the Republican candidates would personally benefit from their own tax cut proposals and the positions they have taken in this campaign. The Republican hopefuls also owe it to the people of Wisconsin to disclose if they if they are taking advantage of, and benefitting from, any tax loopholes or sheltering any of their income or profits in off shore accounts in order to pay a lower tax rate than middle class families in Wisconsin.”
Mike Tate, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, concurs:
“Multimillionaires like Tommy Thompson and Mitt Romney want tax cuts that will end up making them richer and that will result in tax increases for the middle class, but for all their talk of taxes they won’t show the people of Wisconsin their own tax returns.”
Give it up. It’s not gonna happen. N-O.
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