Harry Reid: This might not be true, but some Bain investor who I won’t name told me Romney didn’t pay income taxes for 10 years

posted at 4:45 pm on July 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

Sounds solid. Mitt Romney, who’s been running for political office for 20 years now, decided he’d gamble those prospects and risk time in a federal pen for tax evasion in order to save a few million dollars that he doesn’t need.

And he made this decision year after year, for 10 years.

By the way, some random guy on the Internet told me Obama was born in Kenya. Now, do I know that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But let me just toss it out there.

“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said, in reference to George Romney’s standard-setting decision to turn over 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the late 1960s.

Saying he had “no problem with somebody being really, really wealthy,” Reid sat up in his chair a bit before stirring the pot further. A month or so ago, he said, a person who had invested with Bain Capital called his office.

“Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years,” Reid recounted the person as saying.

“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” said Reid. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?

“You guys have said his wealth is $250 million,” Reid went on. “Not a chance in the world. It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.”

No surprise that Reid would smear Romney so casually. He specializes in these tactics during presidential campaigns. In 2008, he made more noise about McCain’s temper being a sign of possible derangement than any other major Democrat. (He also insisted that he couldn’t stand McCain as part and parcel of the demonization effort, even though the two had been known to socialize.) He’s an unusually nasty character, even by normal political standards, when he wants to be; gratuitously accusing George Romney of being disappointed in his son is simply S.O.P. But he does have a strategy here: Pull an accusation of criminality straight out of his ass and hope it gets enough media play that Romney feels obliged to respond. Either Mitt will start to sweat and release his returns, as Democrats have demanded, in order to disprove Reid’s charge or he’ll sit tight and the smear will circulate online, with Romney’s refusal to disclose the documents taken as “proof” that Reid is right. In that respect, it’s not that different from Birtherism. It just so happens that you’ve got the Senate majority leader pushing this, not some commenter at dKos or wherever.

Exit question via Philip Klein: “How would ‘a person who had invested with Bain Capital’ know about Romney’s personal tax returns anyway?”


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Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Jeez. What an a-hole.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

When did Harry Reid stop beating his wives?

lorien1973 on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Its not what you know.

Its what you can prove.

A swing and a miss eh Harry.

JamesSeanMcKeane on July 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Scum.

itsspideyman on July 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Tommy!

Curtiss on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

This might not be true, but some WH official who I won’t name told me Hussein is a serial pedophile and buries his victims after using them in MoochL’s garden

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

…like you…he’s missing the bone in front!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Reid is a disgrace…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I question the timing.

pedestrian on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Hard to see Harry’s backbone from inthemiddle of Odumb$hit’s a$$, isn’t it?

msupertas on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The reason why Obama won’t release the F&F documents because a person once told me that Obama ordered that guns be given to Mexicans so that they would come to the US and murder Jews.

Also, the documents show Obama and Rev. Wright having gay sex in the White House.

Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain

sentinelrules on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Is it just me or is this campaign as dirty as the one that Senator Morgan described to his Kolonian boss in E.E. “Doc” Smith’s First Lensman. (For you political junkies, you ought to find the passage and enjoy .. I’ve only got it on audio books and there’s no way to post an mp3 on Hotair.) That sequence in the Lensman story talks about dealing with a corrupt criminal organization. (Barry, Harry, Nancy, Rahm, Holder & co seem a good fit.)

CrazyGene on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Why would he pay income taxes? He doesn’t have income – his trusts and his corporations do and they support him.

Seriously, how did someone as stupid as Dingy Harry get to where he’s at?

platypus on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Weeks ago, there was a rumor that Barack invited 12 year old boys into the oval office shower for private time.

May not be true; but I have a backbone for reporting it.

lorien1973 on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Few people are more disgusting than Harry Reid.

22044 on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Telling lies like they’re the truth over & over is having a backbone?
I thought it was being a lying a$$hole.

Badger40 on July 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

It’s funny. If this election is totally sewn up for Obama as my liberal buddies like to crow, why are they desperately making up stuff about Romney?

JeremiahJohnson on July 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Seriously, how did someone as stupid as Dingy Harry get to where he’s at?

platypus on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Clearly his syphilis infection has spread to his brain.

lorien1973 on July 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Exit question via Philip Klein: “How would ‘a person who had invested with Bain Capital’ know about Romney’s personal tax returns anyway?”

That’s what I was thinking.

Bitter Clinger on July 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Reid is a sphincter that emits but one thing.

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Is George Romney still alive to be embarressed?

Wethal on July 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Harry Reid molests collies. Or so I hear.

DrSteve on July 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Seriously, how did someone as stupid as Dingy Harry get to where he’s at?

platypus on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Let’s not go there.
Bcs we’ve been wondering the same thing about most of Congress, & now the current POTUS.

Badger40 on July 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

LMAO. Because this election is all about Romney’s tax returns.

What a pathetic fool you are, but you’re comedy gold.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Romney camp should dare them to arrest Romney if that is the case.
If they want to smear him then they have to do their job.
Otherwise the all the need to shut the heck up about his taxes.

southernms on July 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I heard from someone at Harvard that Barack Obama got all D’s in law school days. Prove me wrong!

jlemieu1 on July 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Oh but that Sharon Angle, she sure was a mess huh? So glad NV wised up and reelected this 55G drum of vomit.

arnold ziffel on July 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I’m sure all my idiot liberal in-laws will buy this hook, line and sinker, and post it on their FB pages.

Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

These people are scum. Simply incredible they occupy positions of power and responsibility. The democratic party is no longer (and hasn’t been for a while) a party remotely reflective of any admirable American quality or even interested in the sustenance of the American idea. It is a front group for self-serving extortion and power. The failure of Republicans to make this case — indeed, the persistent republican complicity in the fraud of bipartisanship with these political cretins — is a disgrace.

rrpjr on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

This might not be true, but some Democrat once told me that liberals are nice people.

Liam on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

A thread especially made for the ABR nutballs.

They are huddling to pick their positions, and each others noses, as we wait.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Folks, those are the tactics of total desperation. They tried very lie and sleaze under the sun against Romney and it all failed… They have nothing left… The overly abused race card is going to be used more frequently now but of course it will have the opposite effect of what they want…

mnjg on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

These people are utter scum, nothing more. Still burns me up that we were *this* close to taking out this slimeball in 2010. Ugh. What a piece of garbage.

Reminds me of the Scott Walker has a lovechild thing right before the recall. You’ve gotta wonder what these tools will be flinging around come October. Won’t be pretty.

changer1701 on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

This might not be true, but some Congressional Aide who I won’t name told me Ried didn’t pay income taxes for 10 years

Release your records Dirty Harry Reid!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

So Romney start paying income tax when he was 11 years old?

The ba$tard.

pedestrian on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Guess we know for sure which Mormon is more devout to their faith now. Sure ain’t Harry Reid.

Bitter Clinger on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Someone told me Obama had an affair with Vera Baker, and Michelle & Valerie had her packed off to the Caribbean to shut her up.

Wethal on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Physical impossibility since slime is invertabrate.

dentarthurdent on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Also, the documents show Obama and Rev. Wright having gay sex in the White House. sentinelrules on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

“Ridin’ dirty!”

The consummate man of God…

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Two can play this game:

Hey, I don’t know if it’s true, but a guy who gambles in Las Vegas told me Harry Reid likes to pick up skanky women who dance in bars on the Vegas strip.

Kim Priestap on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Some guy told you, Harry? Wow. That’s just about as credible as “I heard it on the internet”.

AndStatistics on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Found it.. A PDF of First Lensman

Page 302 Fernald is the Kalonian .. Enjoy Boskone. And remember this was written at least 70 years ago. Chicago politics hasn’t changed much.

CrazyGene on July 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Funny how different parts of the country have their own unique way of describing things. Where I come from we call that lying.

Curtiss on July 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Just when you think this campaign can’t get any worse. And the saddest part is that the MSM will surely pick this up and run with it, if only as a “see how bad things are getting” story, which means some impressionable voters WILL hear about it.

Another 98 days of this sh*t.

rockmom on July 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

This might not be true, but I hear that a Senator from a state known for gambling is wholly owned by a bunch of “good family gentlemen” of Italian descent and that a character in Casino played by a legendary comedian was based on him.

teke184 on July 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Says the man that swapped some worthless Desert land for some very valuable near-to-Las-Vegas government land. How did he do it? How come nobody cares?

oldroy on July 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

An anonymous somebody told me that Harry Reid is a desperate POS.

Pork-Chop on July 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

One other thing…if he hadn’t paid, or if he had done anything illegal, wouldn’t the IRS have noticed by now?

changer1701 on July 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

“Larry Sinclair, please call Man’s Country and ask for Barry.”

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Poor stupid people of Nevada!

This guy is more incontinent than McCain is these days, in the pants and in the mouth.

Such a shame that NV Rs could not come up with someone to beat this pile of caca.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

That’s Ok, I can’t wait to hear Harry whining about how President Romney never calls the Senate Minority leader anymore.

JimK on July 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

That’s why they call him “Dirty Harry”

myiq2xu on July 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said

Uh, Harry…..

George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995)

Cody1991 on July 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Someone on the internet told me that Harry Reid counted Jerry Sandusky among his best friends, and that Reid donated a total of $500k to Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation. Of course, there is no way to know unless Reid releases his tax returns for the last 20 years.

Lawdawg86 on July 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

They must really be desperate.

If this is all they got on Mitt
They are surely full of sh*t.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

It will be delicious to watch Reid jump right on board the Smear Mormonism Express when it gets revved up post Labor Day.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Drew Brees demands an explanation.

exhelodrvr on July 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The reason why Obama won’t release his college records is that it shows that Obama molested little boys.

Some guy told me.

sentinelrules on July 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Somebody should’ve slapped Reid’s Mom when he was born.

old school on July 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Is this the best that you guys have got, Mr. Reid????
/plumbing the depths of desperation.

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I would bet Harry Reid’s life that the IRS has already leaked Romney’s tax returns to Obama. Obviously Obama can’t say anything about it because, well his lawyers advised against it.

Romney should not release his tax records until Obama releases all of his college records, papers, etc. Including the scholarship application forms where he claims to be a foreign student.

Oh and BTW, Obama should also release his favorite dog recipe with instructions on how to wok a dog.

The Rock on July 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Weeks ago, there was a rumor that Barack invited 12 year old boys into the oval office shower for private time.

May not be true; but I have a backbone for reporting it.

lorien1973 on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

It was not a rumor ;-)

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

this might not be true, but Harry Reid has sex w/ farm animals

burserker on July 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Somebody on the interwebs told be Obama used to smoke lots of dope and snort coke when he could afford it (but no smack).

No wait, that wasn’t some guy, Barack Obama told me in writing that Barack Obama did that.

forest on July 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

One other thing…if he hadn’t paid, or if he had done anything illegal, wouldn’t the IRS have noticed by now?

changer1701 on July 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

“Of course, I’m not suggesting anything illegal, now, am I? We all know how many of those horrible rich people don’t pay any taxes because they have all those tricky accountants and they hide their money in Swiss bank accounts and yadda yadda yadda yadda.”

rockmom on July 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

“How would ‘a person who had invested with Bain Capital’ know about Romney’s personal tax returns anyway?”

He wouldn’t, Reid is lying his dishonest little butt off. :P

WolvenOne on July 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

One other thing…if he hadn’t paid, or if he had done anything illegal, wouldn’t the IRS have noticed by now?

changer1701 on July 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Stop talking facts… they do not matter to the liberal scums… fortunately a majority of voters would not believe the lies of the liberal scums… In fact with 100 millions dollars of lies against Romney and Obama got nothing for it… All this is just utter desperation because they tried every lie under the under and it did not work… Enjoy the utter desperation of these scums…

mnjg on July 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Reid shamefully went Dinesh D’Souza on Romney here.
More likely, Reid’s father must be embarrassed about him for that line.

verbaluce on July 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I heard that Harry Reid snorted coke and had gay sex at a cowboy poetry festival.

Mark1971 on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

How can it be “standard-setting” when it never became the standard? Isn’t that why Romney hasn’t done it?

PolWatcher on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Just one more reason why we all need to be working really hard to support Republican candidates who are running for the U.S. Senate!

We may be stuck with having Harry Reid in the Senate for a few more years, but if the Republicans win a majority of the seats in the U.S. Senate then Harry Reid will no longer be Majority leader so we won’t have to see him on the news as often.

Never ever vote for a Democrat!

wren on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Have you stopped raping little boys yet?

NotCoach on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Unnamed Source: This might not be true, but some Bain investor who I won’t name told me Romney did unholy things to chickens for 10 years. He did not know if he still did but he invests and visits chicken farms all over the country at least that is what this unnamed source told someone.

tjexcite on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Winning over friends and independents.

The new civilized tone.

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Baseless slander: the new civilized tone.

Master Shake on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Pull an accusation of criminality straight out of his ass and hope it gets enough media play that Romney feels obliged to respond. Either Mitt will start to sweat and release his returns, as Democrats have demanded, in order to disprove Reid’s charge or he’ll sit tight and the smear will circulate online, with Romney’s refusal to disclose the documents taken as “proof” that Reid is right.

Exactly. This is smart politics if you are totally devoid of human decency, and Harry Reid certainly fits the bill. Its scummy, but effective.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Just sent another $200 to Romney,
Fight the good fight.
Its too important.

Bensonofben on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Dingy is from Searchlight, NV. Anyone who’s been through there (while slowing down for about four cops or so during a mile-long stretch of road) has surely wondered how in H did a little man from such a little town end up with so much power. Sickening. Almost as sick as eating dog.

ahlaphus on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Some guy told me that Obama personally watched and masterbated to Jerry Sandusky raping boys in a shower.

I trust this guy.

sentinelrules on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Ha! Look who’s got a backbone! Go, MAJORITY LEADER Reid!

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Calling Romney a felon without a shred of proof is small potatoes to the scumbag who wished death on the Palins.

Chuck Schick on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

…like you…he’s missing the bone in front!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I don’t know KOOLAID, I’ll bet he’s had plenty of bones in him. :)

arnold ziffel on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Romney was seen on the grassy knoll
:O

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Just wait a cotton-pickin’ minute people.
Think about it. Here’s the set-up:

1. Romney has an assumed $250M in net worth
2. Romney has run for president in the 2008 republican primary and could have been presumed by the Obama administration to run again in 2012 and be in strong position to be front-runner and eventual candidate. Meaning, Obama’s opponent.
3. The IRS is part of Treasury, whose political leadership is extremely tied to Obama.
4. IF Romney didn’t pay his taxes for 10 years, I’m supposed to believe that Obama’s forces inside Treasury would let this pass without Romney being audited sometime between January 2009 and right now, and leaked it to the libstream media? The prospect of political hay would have been just too darned enticing to the Obama campaign.

I’m inclined to think this is just Harry Reid making stuff up in his head.

(Unless there’s a Romney tax return October surprise waiting in the wings. Hmmmm…..)

Yiwen on July 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Another transparent attempt to get Romney to release his tax records.

Obvious, and disgusting.

Socratease on July 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

What an absolute scumbag to make either statement. Who is Dingy Harry to comment on anyone’s father being embarassed? 80% of voters get violently ill any time he speaks.
For the second statement, it’s like a 4th grade behavior to say someone told him that Romney might not have paid taxes for 10 years.
I think it’s actually a salvo to the IRS to look into it. Their justification will be that a Senator made an accusation that they need to look into. Shockingly, Romney’s tax returns will get leaked. They’ll show nothing untoward.
Meanwhile, Harry just throws up his hands and can say that he never actually accused him of anything, the other guy did.

I hate democrats.

smfic on July 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM

All jokes aside, at what point does this guy get dragged behind the woodshed? How we continually allow immoral, self-serving scum bags like Harry to remain in Washington is beyond my rational limitations.

Polish Rifle on July 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Some guy told me that Obama personally watched and masterbated to Jerry Sandusky raping boys in a shower.

I trust this guy.

sentinelrules on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Obama’s father is probably so proud.

NotCoach on July 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Someone told me bho was not born in the US and his SS# is not from Hawaii he didn’t graduate from college and he is an anti-American. Prove me wrong dingy harry?
L

letget on July 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Actually, Obama having been born in Kenya is far more likely than Romney having avoided paying taxes for 10 years. Obama’s step-grandmother in Kenya said he “passed through his hands,” which is more than Reid can say about Romney’s tax returns.

Colony14 on July 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

So we’ve now gotten to the point where the majority leader of the United States Senate is nothing more than a gossip queen? Classy.

Scrappy on July 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Ok. I think I know where Reid is going with this. The past ten years Mitt Romney hasn’t had any income to pay taxes on. Rather, he’s paid capital gains taxes on his investment income. And if I remember correctly, he didn’t accept a salary as governor of Massachusetts, so he wouldn’t have paid income during that time, either.

Kim Priestap on July 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Exactly. This is smart politics if you are totally devoid of human decency, and Harry Reid certainly fits the bill. Its scummy, but effective.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Somehow I don’t see this playing well with the independent crowd.

Bitter Clinger on July 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Does anybody know where I can find copies of a dozen years of Harry Reid’s tax returns?

I heard a rumor from some guy, who would have no way of knowing for sure, that Senator Harry Reid may not have paid his “fair share” of taxes.

wren on July 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

By the way, some random guy on the Internet told me Obama was born in Kenya. Now, do I know that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But let me just toss it out there.

AP, how dare you referring to your devoted reader “some random guy”!

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

And remember this was written at least 70 years ago. Chicago politics hasn’t changed much.

CrazyGene on July 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

There’s always been “Chicago politics” – just not always in Chicago. Human behavior never changes.

thelarryd on July 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

This might not be true, but I’ve been told that Harry Reid buggers little children and masturbates in theaters that show porn flicks.

So what’s the difference from his “I don’t if it’s true” and my “I don’t know if it’s true?”

Hmmmmmm?

BMF on July 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Disgusting. To bring Romney’s dead father into this especially low.

terryannonline on July 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I would bet Harry Reid’s life that the IRS has already leaked Romney’s tax returns to Obama. Obviously Obama can’t say anything about it because, well his lawyers advised against it.

Jack Ryan redux?

Socratease on July 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Only a Mormon can sneak up on a Mormon.

Ben Hur on July 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Kiss my ass Harry!

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

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