During his interview with Romney spokesman Ed Gillespie today, Chris Wallace didn’t just ask when we can expect Mitt Romney’s 2011 tax returns to be released, he all but pulled out a calendar with an “X” on October 15th and a big red circle around the date of “Friday after the Democratic convention.”
At about 6:45 into the discussion Wallace broached the subject, asking, “When should we expect” Romney’s 2011 tax returns to be released. Wallace continued,
The deadline is October 15th. That would be three weeks before the election. That would seem to me to be a crazy time to release tax returns. So, strategically, you’ve gotta make a decision when you want to release these tax returns because you know it will be at least a distraction, if not an attack point for Democrats.
Gillespie replied by saying that the returns will be released as soon as they’re ready, “And I believe they’ll be ready before that.”
Wallace responded by asking suggestively, “The Friday after the Democratic convention?"
Gillespie laughed and smiled broadly, saying he didn’t he wasn’t sure but that it’s up to CPA’s, “not me.”
Why is Mr. Romney willing to continue to endure the criticism he is facing, rather than to release the tax returns?
Trust but verify.