Reid’s mystery Romney-tax-rumor source: Huntsman was just a red herring

posted at 12:41 pm on August 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Just in case you’re on the edge of your seat, captivated with the unfolding saga of Harry Reid’s baseless accusation that ‘Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years‘ (and if you aren’t captivated… I sympathize), here’s the latest. Last night, Allahpundit regaled us with the oh-so-stunning development that Harry Reid’s as-yet unnamed source is ostensibly a — gasp! — Republican. The plot thickens. The Daily Kos speculated that said source might be none other than a vengeful Jon Huntsman Sr., father of erstwhile presidential candidate, self-styled moderate, and supposed Romney-doppelganger Jon Huntsman. Sources close to the Huntsmans, however, flatly deny the conjecture, via BuzzFeed:

But one Huntsman family member, reached for comment from BuzzFeed, expressed amusement at the notion that the conservative family patriarch would turn so sharply against Romney.

“Honestly, we have no idea who Reid’s source is,” said the family member.

Chuck Warren, a Salt Lake Republican strategist who endorsed Romney in the primary and has fundraised for the younger Huntsman’s gubernatorial bid, dismissed the speculation as “ridiculous.”

“I mean, people who believe this are the same people who espouse a theory that Big Foot is making crop circles with his space ship,” said Warren, whose firm is Silver Bullet. “Besides the obvious fact that Mr. Huntsman is not Gov. Romney’s accountant… he is simply a more honorable man than that. He doesn’t work in the shadows, and because you donate $9,600 to someone, probably less than .0001% of what Harry Reid collected that cycle, doesn’t make them BFFs.”

Indeed, Huntsman Sr. endorsed Romney in 2008 and donated heavily to his campaign effort. While his own son’s efforts kept him from backing Romney this time around — causing some hostility between the two camps —many in Utah’s political class say the elder Huntsman remains a strong admirer of Romney’s, and would have little incentive to spread damaging rumors about the GOP nominee.

While I do think it’s true that the power of spite and the realities of corrupt and nefarious dealings should never be underestimated, Harry Reid’s original accusation itself just holds so little water. I have difficulty believing the high-minded Huntsmans would stoop to the silliness, and remain unconvinced that this entire affair is anything more than a dodgy and desperate bid for more political distraction.


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Unless the “person is Romnney’s personal accountant or an IRS agent this story doesn’t hold water…

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

BUT, this rumor had the desired effect. It even got play on a prominent conservative blog.

When are you guys going to stop being played???

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I have difficulty believing the high-minded Huntsmans would stoop to the silliness, and remain unconvinced that this entire affair is anything more than a dodgy and desperate bid for more political distraction.

Ya think???

bofh on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Reid would lie? Who knew?

pat on August 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Hey, I just had a lol moment, the way things are going, with Romney effectively retracting his positions (in the eyes of the typical independent voter) against gay marriage and illegal immigration, and knowing that the VP choice is always a surprise, maybe the surprise would be Huntsman for VP. Lol hilarious!

anotherJoe on August 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

News flash:

THERE IS NO SOURCE.

But now we have two more days with the Reid smear in the news.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

and remain unconvinced that this entire affair is anything more than a dodgy and desperate bid for more political distraction.

Which, you provide.

Moesart on August 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The red herring has a red herring.

Romney waived his salary as a governor, and at the Olympics (therefore, no income taxes).

Obama desperately wants to blunt this.

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

“Honestly, we have no idea who Reid’s source is,” said the family member.

It’s Nobody, that’s who…or…it’s Harry Reid, which, in a sane world would be redundant.

AubieJon on August 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

No way Huntsman would do something like that.

Frankly, if there even is a source for this silliness, I doubt it is a Republican. The point is to get us all worked up and wasting time by pointing fingers.

McDuck on August 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

the spirit of JFK told reid while he was asleep in his hot tub.

losarkos on August 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Hot Air just trolling for hits with a Huntsman post. Shameless.

Lost in Jersey on August 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I have difficulty believing the high-minded Huntsmans would stoop to the silliness

If the report that the Huntsmans contributed to Reid’s 2010 reelection campaign is correct then they’re capable of anything. I’m not saying a source for Reid’s accustaions exists outside his own head but I don’t trust the Huntsmans any further than I can throw them.

Kataklysmic on August 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Rasmussen Reports

Iowa: Obama 44, Romney 46 Romney +2

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I have difficulty believing the high-minded Huntsmans would stoop to the silliness, and remain unconvinced that this entire affair is anything more than a dodgy and desperate bid for more political distraction.

I have difficulty believing that the Huntsmans are all that high-minded.

That being said we’ve got one LDS (Reid) attacking another LDS (Romney) with a third LDS (Huntsman) rumored to be the stoolie that ratted Romney out as a tax cheat.

Is all this Mormonism the opening salvo in the war on Romney’s faith? Hitler worked with less to wage war against the Jews than he has with Reid and Huntsman.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

It’s probably Colin Powell.

Mr. Arkadin on August 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

How could Huntsman do such a thing to his own third cousin?

steebo77 on August 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

the source was Susan B. Anthony. After she visited with pelosi the other day she decided to pay reid a visit.

She came away with a feeling that maybe giving women the vote was not such a good idea after all. If this is the best congress can choose as leaders….

acyl72 on August 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Just how in h@ll does a Bain investor know Romney’s tax filings? Stupid.

petefrt on August 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

And you know who told us about Obama’s birth certificate? A Democrat.

mankai on August 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

It wasn’t Huntsman.

It wasn’t anybody.

Abby Adams on August 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Delusional Face Spitum

As I asked before, where is our new Breitbart? Somebody can find 100 grand to offer the mystery caller to come forward with his information. Think of how exciting things would get if we found them.

A real convention, that is for sure.

IlikedAUH2O on August 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

His source is little jimmy.

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Well, I can guarantee you it won’t be Palin. She doesn’t play dirt ball like the GOP does with her.

Bitter? Yup!

Don L on August 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Erika, why do you keep using words like desperate when describing these attacks? This is all part of the plan to distract from the economy and turn Romney into Caligula. It doesn’t matter if the attacks are easily rebutted because the image they create remains. Hasn’t anyone in the Romney camp, the GOP, talkradio, or the blogs ever read McLuhan? The Obama camp is running a savvy medium is the message campaign they are defining Romney. Hell, even when CNN guys like Blitzer and Cooper eviscerate Obama spokespeople it does not matter. Look at the polls. This campaign is about to get very very ugly for the GOP and i do not just mean in negative ads, but in very negative results.

xkaydet65 on August 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Rasmussen Reports

Iowa: Obama 44, Romney 46 Romney +2

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

TY bayview. Keep our eyes on the swing states. think electoral college Blue to Red.

gracie on August 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Harry Reid was simply listening to to the voices in his head.

The same ones that told him to go and molest those children.

#harryreidisapederast

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

character…romney vid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-EEETo3Sqo&feature=youtu.be

that is a start…character, corruption, cronyism, state-run ‘captialism’

oh, and incompetence

after we get all those ads out, then we can start the conversation

r keller on August 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

The ‘it was a Republican’ is just strategy to deflect from the real issues and more importantly to create infighting among Republicans to show weakness in the Republican Party.

It’s far past time to put the hammer down on these devious shameful Liberals.

plutorocks on August 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The source is a 10 year old girl that Harry Reid was raping and beating in his favorite Nevada “House” who believed the only way she could get him to stop beating her, and probably killing her, was to tell him what he wanted to hear about Romney’s tax returns.

VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Let’s do all we can to keep the slander alive!

Hey, did you hear about the one where Mitt kills a lady?

nico on August 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

THERE IS NO SOURCE!

bloghooligan on August 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Romney waived his salary as a governor, and at the Olympics (therefore, no income taxes).

Obama desperately wants to blunt this.

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Attn: Romney campaign

It might be nice if you and your superPacs got this info out there somehow, preferably aggressively.

PatriotGal2257 on August 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

When are you guys going to stop being played???

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I don’t listen to Rush very often, but I caught a blurb of him yesterday talking about offense vs defense.
You’ll never score on defense unless you’re lucky enough to unnerve the opponent enough to get them on the defense inadvertently.
The GOP needs to just tell the truth about Obama & Democrats in general.
The truth is so damning that they have no defense against it.
And yet we’re still chasing our own tails.
This $hit is effing pathetic.

Badger40 on August 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Why do republicans talk about this stuff??? This is a distraction to a distraction to a distraction and we let the Dictocrats get away with it. At least, we should not back down from calling Mr. Reid a LIAR???

obsessedinga on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Sounds like the Dem plan is to divide.. divide… divide… divide… and finally conquer.

Rethuglican on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Despite the junk polls from CNN and Fox which had been debunked in various thread and many sites. Despite all the dirty attacks

Gallup today
Barry 46 Romney 46.

Rasmussen
Barry 43 Romney 47

Don’t let faux polls with ridiculous methodology and sloppy interpretation get you down.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Is all this Mormonism the opening salvo in the war on Romney’s faith? Hitler worked with less to wage war against the Jews than he has with Reid and Huntsman.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

This has nothing to do with the LDS faith.

This has to do with mortal men in a power struggle.
That is all.
The LDS religion has nothing to do with any of this.

Badger40 on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I know who it was!!!!!

It was Colonel Mustard in the Dining Room with the candlestick!!!

Wait a minute…………

pilamaye on August 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The LDS religion has nothing to do with any of this.

Badger40 on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Who said it did? Who said it even had to be true. All I’m saying it that if you are delusional if you don’t think the filthy commie in the White House and his people will not initiate a whispering campaign against Mormons before much longer. One of the most iffy groups for Romney are the so-called evangelical Christians. If he can peel them off by attacking the Mormon Church he is going to do it. Setting up rumors of Mormon on Mormon back-stabbing is a good way to start.

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

That the Huntsman clan financed part of the re-election of scumbag Reid is enough to hurl, in and of itself.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

BUT, this rumor had the desired effect. It even got play on a prominent conservative blog.

When are you guys going to stop being played???

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Never, apparently.

Cuz, ya know, Harry sure hates that briar patch.

nico on August 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The LDS religion has nothing to do with any of this.

Badger40 on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Mhhhh – why did the Huntsman family finance part of Reid’s senatorial re-election then?

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

It was Colonel Mustard in the Dining Room with the candlestick!!!

pilamaye on August 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Not a bad choice given the fact that nobody can find the revolver or any other firearm under the current administration. ;0

Happy Nomad on August 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Tax cheat, murderer, 1 percenter, capitalist, profiteer, molester, firestarter, stealer of the poor at soup kitchens, raper of the innocent.

Yeah, yeah, we got it Dems. Now, wouldn’t it be nice IF SOMEONE, ANYONE, ANYONE, would fight this kind of crapola on the gop side.

Hello, Mitt you’re being defined.

That comment in Pueblo was made to order for Romney and the gop is just asleep, or they don’t care, or they are throwing the election to Obama.

……after following the gop for decades I’m still amazed that one party and it’s leadership can be outwitted by the evil, lying, smart Democrat Communists.

And those attack ads work dumbarse republicans.

Check the polls you idiots!!

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The GOP needs to just tell the truth about Obama & Democrats in general.
The truth is so damning that they have no defense against it.
And yet we’re still chasing our own tails.
This $hit is effing pathetic.

Badger40 on August 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Exactly! And, while I don’t always agree with him, Krauthammer is right on target today, about making the campaign about ideology (“You didn’t build that”) vs. talking about Obama’s incompetence or mishandling of the economy (e.g., gutting welfare reform, and other such issues. His article today.

TXUS on August 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Hot Air just trolling for hits with a Huntsman post. Shameless.

Lost in Jersey on August 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Because writing on Huntsman generates thousands of comments

RickB on August 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

The GOP needs to just tell the truth about Obama & Democrats in general.The truth is so damning that they have no defense against it. And yet we’re still chasing our own tails. This $hit is effing pathetic.

Badger40 on August 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Yes, yes and yes.

The GOP not only just doesn’t get it, I don’t think they want to. In my book, it sounds a lot like that old military aphorism: “Can’t Means Won’t.”

But it’s even worse than that because when they act all confused and clueless and wring their hands asking themselves “What do we do now?”, it’s just that — it’s an act. Scratch the surface and they all secretly know it’s a game they have to play to keep their own little share of power and glory. There is nothing whatsoever that they will allow to get in the way of that; the country is going to hell in a handbasket and they don’t care about anyone but themselves. They all have to go. They are just as much the problem as are the Dems.

PatriotGal2257 on August 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Obama desperately wants to blunt this.

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Obama desperately wants a blunt.

There. Fixed it for you. :)

Psycotte on August 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Tax cheat, murderer, 1 percenter, capitalist, profiteer, molester, firestarter, stealer of the poor at soup kitchens, raper of the innocent.

Yeah, yeah, we got it Dems. Now, wouldn’t it be nice IF SOMEONE, ANYONE, ANYONE, would fight this kind of crapola on the gop side.

Hello, Mitt you’re being defined.

That comment in Pueblo was made to order for Romney and the gop is just asleep, or they don’t care, or they are throwing the election to Obama.

……after following the gop for decades I’m still amazed that one party and it’s leadership can be outwitted by the evil, lying, smart Democrat Communists.

And those attack ads work dumbarse republicans.

Check the polls you idiots!!

PappyD61 on August 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

We have checked the polls, Wimp. The people making these outrageous allegations are defining themselves and their leader.

Despite the junk polls from CNN and Fox which had been debunked in various thread and many sites. Despite all the dirty attacks

Gallup today
Barry 46 Romney 46.

Rasmussen
Barry 43 Romney 47

Don’t let faux polls with ridiculous methodology and sloppy interpretation get you down.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Basilsbest on August 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

So, waitaminute.

Glenn Beck’s idol. The guy whose helped Beck at every step.

Is going to sellout Romney. Over what, exactly?

And Kos is the source.

Has it occurred to anyone that Kos put Huntsman out there to deflect from a more credible, uninformed loudmouth source, like say

This Loser

budfox on August 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

BUT, this rumor had the desired effect. It even got play on a prominent conservative blog.

When are you guys going to stop being played???

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

HA’s primary mission is hits and revenue.

We can’t mock progressives that think the purpose of a corporation is to create jobs and at the same time ask why HA does this.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I give up – I’m the source.

to be honest, I didn’t think Reid would believe me. I was highly intoxicated. Also I wasn’t wearing pants.

Slade73 on August 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The Daily Kos speculated that said source might be none other than a vengeful Jon Huntsman Sr., father of erstwhile presidential candidate, self-styled moderate, and supposed Romney-doppelganger Jon Huntsman.

I LOL’d at this.

I like your style, Erika!

UltimateBob on August 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I think the source is the ghost of Ronald Reagan. Channeled through Nancy Pelosi, of course. The chair got extra crowded.

iurockhead on August 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Hot Air just trolling for hits with a Huntsman post. Shameless.

Lost in Jersey on August 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Because writing on Huntsman generates thousands of comments

RickB on August 10, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Huntsman?! A thousand comments or bust!

tom on August 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Sounds like the Dem plan is to divide.. divide… divide… divide… and finally conquer.

The Republicans have done enough of that on their own.

Thank you very much.

98ZJUSMC on August 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

This is just another arse covering rumor by Reid to cover for bold face lies that he told about Romney…blame the Republicans.

cajunpatriot on August 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

i wasn’t aware that Huntsman was/is a Bain investor too :) wasn’t that the main part of DIrty HArry accusation, that someone who was a Bain investor told him the imaginary dirty lil secret about Romney’s taxes ? :)….and then he came up with that whole new ‘it’s a Republican’ shtick, a few days later…which I guess makes said source a Bain investor and alas, a Republican too :)..this harry is a pathological liar and so fulll of crap that he should be wrapped in a permanent Depends to prevent the stench from spreading…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

@Slade…. you’re my hero. Ha ha

+100!!

RadioAngel on August 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I hope Romney knows by now that Team Socialism will be blatantly lying about him from now to November and that he will get little or no help from the MSM refuting those lies.

He had better have a strategy to deal with this.

farsighted on August 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Obama desperately wants to blunt this.

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Well we do know he has a fondness for blunts…

ccrosby on August 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I believe the source is spirits of Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and other feminists who accidentally sat in Harry Reid’s seat and whispered that in his ear.

Creston on August 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Harry’s “source” is the voice in his head. Nancy-poo hears voices, Harry can’t let her one-up him.

GarandFan on August 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Sounds like the Dem plan is to divide.. divide… divide… divide… and finally conquer.

The Republicans have done enough of that on their own.

Thank you very much.

98ZJUSMC on August 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Sadly true, even Halperin wrote a piece yesterday saying something along the same lines, that the Republicans are a lot harsher on their candidate than the Dems on theirs, and guess who this helps…there’s a time for that too, be harsh on your elected officials that is, and hold them accountable, but not now, Romney has not yet been elected to office and the crazies are already speculating and divinating that he would do this or that or none….or that he should do this or that, everybody’s a campaign expert nowadays, if you noticed…thank god for he blogosphere, eh, now we can all run a campaign from our armchairs/ loving rooms :)….sometimes I wonder if these people realize how many diammetrically opposed views are expressed on this blog alone during a single day, and probably each bloviator (or opinionator lol :) is convinced that his/her advice and ideas are the valid ones and the most legit and the best for Romney to follow..and imagine now for a sec if his people actually incorporated all of these opposite/ contradictory ideas into their campaign, guess the latter would appear as nothing more than a loud cacophony…which is exactly what the other side wants….

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

It should read ‘Living rooms’, not ‘loving rooms’ :) )…though I suppose they can be the latter too :).

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Yeah, I’m sure that a man who’s wanted to run for President the last six years decided to cheat on his taxes. That makes a lot of sense.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Oh, wait, Kerry did.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Yeah, I’m sure that a man who’s wanted to run for President the last six years decided to cheat on his taxes. That makes a lot of sense.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Dimtard logic for ya… But then they’s do that and they do it frequently (Turbo Timmy, DIck Gephardt, Rangel, Nanz, the list goes on), so I am guessing they are projecting a lot here…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Sadly true, even Halperin wrote a piece yesterday saying something along the same lines, that the Republicans are a lot harsher on their candidate than the Dems on theirs

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Socialists and their like-minded allies stick together against a common enemy.

They usually don’t start spilling each other’s blood and purifying the ranks until that enemy is rendered ineffective and powerless or is vanquished.

farsighted on August 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Are you kidding? The pun is in the title, Huntsman is just a “reid” herring. Ha, I missed it earlier.

jake49 on August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Has Harry Reid ever answered the charges that he’s a child molester?

jaime on August 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Stop legitimizing this trash by speculating, or letting the Dems pretend to speculate, on who the “source” is. THERE IS NO SOURCE!!!

Dingy Harry made the whole thing up at the direction of Axelrod et al. Talking about possible sources only makes the story real, with the only mystery being who the whistle blower is.

Sheeesh. I’ll never make it to November.

2ndMAW68 on August 10, 2012 at 4:47 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Reid’s Source

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/toon-of-day-reids-source.html

M2RB: Cheap Trick

Resist We Much on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Lying Democratic Mormon blames scandalous lies and slander about Republican Mormon presidential candidate on Republican Mormon industrialist. Riiiiiiight.

The White House must think this Mormon-on-Mormon theme is helping their campaign. It’s not. No one is buying, Barry. Probably because you’re lying and everyone knows it.

Philly on August 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Doofus Harry’s original accusation holds water all right–the buckets of it he’s got on the brain.

stukinIL4now on August 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

If it is Jon, is he angling for a spot on the dnc stage?

Kissmygrits on August 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Pic of the Day: Don’t Mistake Slogans For Solutions

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/pic-of-day-dont-mistake-slogans-for.html

Resist We Much on August 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM