In past 7 gubernatorial elections only two candidates have refused to share tax info – Blackwell & Kasich
As most of you know, I’m not feeling 100%, things have been complicated by the fact that my husband had to have an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday and is still in the hospital. While I’m getting releases that are sent to me up as soon as possible there are a great many things happening political news wise that I’ve not been able to focus on. This article in the Dispatch, “Strickland-Kasich tax flap is nothing new” (link) is one I recommend reading. One part:
The politicizing of income-tax returns has been a facet of Ohio gubernatorial races since at least 1974, when incumbent Democrat John J. Gilligan criticized GOP challenger James A. Rhodes for refusing to release his returns. Rhodes won anyway.
Kasich is only the second candidate in the past seven gubernatorial campaigns to refuse to release his tax returns. In 2006, Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell declined to make his public.
Do voters care? Joseph White, chairman of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, believes they should.
“(Tax returns tell) you something about the candidates and what their priorities are,” he said. “Sometimes it shows good things about a person, like whether they are a generous person.”
Also being reported today by the Associated Press in several Ohio newspapers, Cincinnati Enquirer as one example, (link) is this rather short piece that provides troubling information but little specific detail:
A message obtained by The Associated Press was sent May 3 amid efforts by Democrats to tie the Lehman losses to Kasich. The GOP candidate for governor worked for a time at the now-defunct investment bank.
In the e-mail, Kasich spokesman Scott Milburn told an Ohio Public Employee Retirement System executive to explain that not all the money it lost was a result of the Lehman bankruptcy.
The fund had calculated its Lehman losses at $111 million, significantly lower than a separate figure released by the Democratic state treasurer.
Back to the issues of taxes, while it’s impossible to know how Blackwell’s refusal impacted the 2006 election results, it did create attention and discussion as well as calling his character into question.
Kasich’s refusal, like Blackwell’s refusal will keep this issue out there and will continue to fuel politically motivated speculation that Kasich has something to hide by not releasing them.