Where Have We Seen This Tax Return Question Before?

One blog had an interesting look at where Obama's calls for Clinton to release her tax returns may have come from?

Hillary's 2000 senate race with none other than powerful GOPer Rick Lazio.

More below the fold...

She called it "frankly disturbing" that he refused to release his returns, and now she won't release her own returns when Obama released his a year ago.
See: http://weblogs.newsday.com/news/local/lo ngisland/politics/blog/2008/03/flashback _hrc_once_thought_tax.html

Hillary's right. It does look like she's hiding something:

   Mr. Lazio pledged to release his tax returns soon after entering the Senate race in May, but had not done so, raising suspicions about whether he had the kind of financial problems that have tripped up other politicians in New York in recent decades.

   The campaign of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, criticized the delay, asking whether he was hiding something.  See: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.ht ml?res=9C06EFD61E31F93AA1575BC0A9669C8B6 3&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1

And more from one of Hillary's current top advisers:

   ''Rick Lazio can't explain why it took three months to release his taxes,'' said Howard Wolfson, a Clinton campaign spokesman. ''Now he won't come clean with New Yorkers and reveal the real cost of his reckless trillion-dollar tax plan. It's time for Mr. Lazio to stop playing games and start talking straight.''

How is Hillary going to fight Mr. Straight Talk in the fall when her own campaign isn't holding true to its own "straight talk"? She can't. Another theme Hillary won't be able to hit on.

Oh, and there's more:

   Howard Wolfson, the chief spokesman for Mr. Lazio's opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, even showed up at a Lazio event in Harlem to fan the flames [over his tax returns].  See: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.ht ml?res=9F04E2DF153EF93BA2575BC0A9669C8B6 3

More from Newsday.com:

   [T]he question is why Clinton and Wolfson were so obsessed by Lazio's returns that they were disrupting his events, but they now treat it as an irrelevancy when Hillary's returns are requested. There's occasionally the suggestion that different standards apply to a primary. But that makes no sense, especially when you're already an officeholder. Republicans are entitled to see Hillary's returns before making their decision, but not Dems?

   No, it seems more like a reflection of the way Hillary and her team think. Principled people would reason as follows: "Since we made a huge fuss about Lazio's returns in 2000, to be consistent we should be very diligent about being just as transparent as Obama and releasing our own returns this year. Otherwise, we would be behaving like hypocrites."

   But that's not what they're doing. So the reasoning is apparently this: "We acted like Lazio's tax returns were a big deal in 2000 because it was in our self-interest to do so, and this year we'll act like our returns aren't a big deal because it's in our self interest to do so. We don't act on principle, and we don't care about being consistent, and we don't care about being hypocritical."

http://www.americablog.com/2008/03/hilla ry-attacked-her-senate-opponent.html

So I guess this whole tax return thing for years that have been long-filed (not this year as some people think) is not a Rovian tactic, but one out of Clinton's own playbook.

Tags: 200 Senate race, Barack Obama, Harold Wolfson, Hillary Clinton, Rick Lazio, tax returns (all tags)

Comments

16 Comments

Re: Move On

What secrecy problems with Rezco?  What did Obama do wrong?  

by mefck 2008-03-06 06:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Move On

I really don't see what's the problem. Please cite to me the law you think was broken.  

by mainelib 2008-03-06 07:27AM | 0 recs
by mefck 2008-03-06 06:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Where Have We

the rezco thing is stale, move on.

by mecarr 2008-03-06 06:40AM | 0 recs
Try reading your own diary

Mr. Lazio pledged to release his tax returns soon after entering the Senate race

Has Hillary not fulfilled the promise to make her tax return available on or near April 15th?

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-06 06:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Try reading your own diary

Why wait?  She should be fully vetted prior to any more primaries in Mississippi or Wyoming.  Those people have a right to make an informed decision-don't you think?

by mefck 2008-03-06 06:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Try reading your own diary

These are tax returns SINCE BILL CLINTON LEFT OFFICE.

These are not the returns due on April 15.

They are only using that date to fool people into thinking they're the taxes for 2007.  They're not.

What is she hiding?  This is part of the Clinton pattern, a lot like the Cheney pattern.

by mainelib 2008-03-06 07:28AM | 0 recs
"secrecy"?

Did Obama negotiate a three billion dollar deal with the oppressive regime in Kazakhstan on behalf of Reszko?

by BlueinColorado 2008-03-06 06:42AM | 0 recs
What's in her tax return?

Question:  what does the Obama campaign think is in Hillary's tax return?

Does anyone know?  I seriously don't know what could be in it that hasn't already been seen in prior tax returns.  And Hillary knowing full well she'd be running for president can't be that irresponsible to f* up the single-most important tax return of her life.

What could be in her tax return that's bad?????????

by Sieglinde 2008-03-06 06:52AM | 0 recs
Re: What's in her tax return?

That's the point: we don't know if there is anything bad in them.  Shouldn't we before she is the nominee?

by mefck 2008-03-06 06:56AM | 0 recs
Re: What's in her tax return?

So it's a fishing expedition?  I find it hard to believe that this is the only reason why Obama is insistent on seeing the tax returns as soon as possible.

Do they know something we don't?

Or is it just a matter of comparing the Obamas' "humble" tax return to the Clintons' gigantic multimillionaire return-- somehow an appeal to middle income voters that the Obamas are closer to them than the Clintons?

Is that it?

by Sieglinde 2008-03-06 07:12AM | 0 recs
Re: What's in her tax return?

$1.65 million, to be exact - which also happened to be the highest bid, according to the sellers.

And, what, do you think Hillary and Bill live in a nice little 6 room bungalow?  Puhhleaze...

by goodnbad 2008-03-06 07:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Where Have We Seen This Tax Return Question Be

why should hIllary jump every time Obamabots demand?  She should release her private information when she is good and ready.

by rocky 2008-03-06 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Where Have We Seen This Tax Return Question Be

For months, Clinton supporters have said that we have to vet Obama because the Republicans surely would.

Yet they want to withhold information about Clinton that will come out later.  Doesn't she have to be vetted now?

What's your excuse for the double standard?

by mainelib 2008-03-06 07:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Where Have We Seen

Naw.

Hmm not taking sides but

question

is this vetting

or vendetta for Texas and Ohio

what happened to the positive agenda that is above the fuss and mud?

To do away with the down and dirty politics of career politicians.

Interesting.

Not that long before the Democratic nominee is gonna have to face the Republican nominee.

Since the numbers are such as they are. Most practical ticket teams up the two Democratic hopefuls. Seriously. They don't have to like each other really. Just decide who's the president and who's the vicepresident role.

Why all the tit for tat?

Don't get it.

Toughing up has nothing to do with slinging mud.

Not like this

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-03-06 01:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Where Have We Seen This Tax Return Question Be

If it is true that both candidates had Republican cross over voting they'll need each other to cancel out the lost voters to the Republican party right? Alone they just lose voters. Together they might heal the riff ya got going here?

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-03-06 01:57PM | 0 recs

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