by Javier Manjarres
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently demanded that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney release his tax returns. The Romney campaign subsequently released his 2010 returns, but apparently that disclosure wasn’t enough for Wasserman Schultz, as the Obama campaign is requesting that Romney release his tax returns going back 30 years. But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, as congressional candidate Karen Harrington is now calling for Wasserman Schultz to release her own tax returns.
Wasserman Schultz recently stated she was a “middle class” American while Romney was part of the much maligned 1% that is disconnected to the majority of the American public. Wasserman Schultz’ claim that she is in fact “middle class” should be more closely examined, as Democrats are always seeking to score political points about who best represents the “middle class” without ever actually defining who is “middle class” to begin with. According to Newsbusters, “middle class” Debbie’s publicly disclosed profile stacks up like this-
First, with a congressional salary of $174,000 plus the numerous free perks that come with being both a congresswoman and head of the DNC such as taxpayer paid travel, immediately disqualify her middle-class claims. In fact, her Congressional salary is more than three times greater than the median salary for individuals in her own district (FL-20) which is $54,194.
Furthermore, for a woman who on a weekly basis demands that Mitt Romney release his financial statements, it is very troubling that since 2004, her husband, who is the Vice President of Commercial Lending at the Community Bank of Broward has his salary listed as N/A on Federal Financial Disclosure Statements required of all Members of Congress. –Newsbusters
Harrington is calling for ‘full transparency’ and has indicated that she will furnish her tax return upon request as well.
Here is the press release from the Harrington campaign earlier today: Karen Harrington
Karen Harrington Calls On Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz to Release Her Tax Returns
This week millions of taxpaying Americans will fulfill their requirement of filing their tax returns by paying any and all taxes due to the federal government. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been asking Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his 2011 tax return even after Governor Romney released his 2010 tax return.
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s request of Governor Romney to release his tax returns screams of hypocrisy, because to the best of our knowledge, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz has never released a single tax return of her own. As a Member of Congress, she is required to release a yearly ‘financial disclosure,’ this yearly disclosure is not a tax return.
While asking for Governor Romney to release his past tax returns, and in keeping with the spirit of President Obama’s call for ‘full transparency,’ we ask Congressman Wasserman Schultz to release her own tax returns.
Karen Harrington will release her tax returns upon media requests and ask that Congressman Wasserman Schultz do the same.
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