For the past 24 hours, speculation has been running rampant that the father of former GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, Jr. might be the person who told Harry Reid that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years.
Jon Huntsman, Sr., took himself out of contention for that honor this afternoon in a telephone conversation with Greg Sargent of the Washington Post's "Plum Line" blog.
...in a move that could be significant, Huntsman forcefully called on Romney to release his tax returns. This matters, because Huntsman is a longtime backer of Romney — he has long been close to Romney; he supported his early campaigns; he was the national finance chairman of Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign; and he has raised a lot of money for him over the years. (He backed his own son in the latest GOP primary.)
“I feel very badly that Mitt won’t release his taxes and won’t be fair with the American people,” Huntsman told me. In a reference to Romney’s father, who pioneered the release of returns as a presidential candidate, Huntsman said: “I loved George. He always said, pay your taxes for at least 10 or 12 years.”
“Mr. Romney ought to square with the American people and release his taxes like any other candidate,” Huntsman said. “I’ve supported Mitt all along. I wish him well. But I do think he should release his income taxes.
So, once again the pundit world turns to the question of the month... who told Harry Reid about Mitt Romney's taxes.
Our money goes back to John McCain. He denies that there was anything on Romney's taxes that would disqualify him, but he is being remarkably silent about these charges against the man who turned over 23-years of tax returns to him as he was being vetted for the veep spot that ultimately, amazingly, and fatally went to Sarah Palin.
The significance of Huntsman's call to Romney to release the returns? Sargent says he could well be the highest profile Republican, and certainly the closest to Romney on a personal basis, to demand their release thus far.
We continue to hope that Sen. Reid will eventually name his "snitch." A perfect time would be on the same day that Romney announces his running mate -- assuming anyone still wants that job.
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