Reince Priebus, the Republican Party's national chairman, didn’t just call Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, a liar; he called him a “dirty liar,” according to a Reuters report.
While Reid may be upset about being called a dirty liar in public, he still hasn’t named a source for his repeated allegations that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. Meanwhile, a political firestorm has erupted in Washington over Reid’s hearsay accusations.
Republicans quickly told the top senate Democrat to put up or shut up about Romney’s taxes. For his part, Romney shrugged it off and said he has paid all of his taxes and that the White House likely sent Reid out to make the claim, according to a Reuters report.
When asked about Reid’s accusation, Priebus said, "I'm not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn't filed a single page of tax returns himself," during an interview on the ABC News program "This Week."
According to Reuters, another Republican heavy weight, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, called Reid's statement "out of bounds" and said "I think he is lying about his statement of knowing something about Romney." Graham told CNN's "State of the Union." "I think he's making things up."
For his part, while making the tax accusation again and again, Reid has admitted that he "doesn't know if it's true."
Romney, a highly successful former private-equity executive who built a huge company, already released his 2010 tax return and has said he will release the 2011 when it is completed. Sen. Harry Reid has not released any of his tax returns. Romney strongly denied Reid's claim, made on the Senate floor on Thursday.
"Let me also say categorically: I have paid taxes every year. A lot of taxes," Romney said during a campaign stop on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada, Reid's home state. He called on Reid to "put up or shut up" by disclosing his source.
The Democratic National Committee chair, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, called on Romney to release 23 years' of tax returns, however since no candidate in American history has done so, it is unlikely Romney would.
Romney says Reid may be carrying water for Obama's re-election campaign, which as a political ploy, has frequently called on him to release more than the two years' worth of tax information that he is making public.
Reid has been ridiculed on late-night talk shows for not backing up his accusations and for saying, "I don't know if it's true."
However, many Democrats have expressed confidence that Mr. Obama can gain from such accusations even if they aren't true.