Gov. Martin O’Malley: John McCain Saw Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns and Chose Sarah Palin Instead

Gov. Martin O'Malley
Gov. Martin O’Malley: John McCain Saw Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns and Chose Sarah Palin Instead

New line of attack against Mitt Romney from the Democrats with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley saying the public should be suspicious of him because in 2008 Sen. John McCain considered the now-Republican presidential nominee to be his running mate, but picked Sarah Palin instead, after seeing his tax returns.

“What about running for the office of the presidency this year makes it less important than the job that he didn’t get over Palin the last time around?” O’Malley asked BuzzFeed, referencing the 23 years of returns Romney allowed McCain to examine while he was being vetted but hasn’t released to the public.

“But why would you pick somebody — why would you pick Palin over Romney?” he asked. “His failure to release those is a bit of an implicit admission of…guilt,” he added, portraying Romney’s own individual wealth as the result of the trickle-down theories he advocates for the rest of the country. “There might not be anything illegal about any of it, but it’s certainly not a good economic theory — unless you’re a Romney.”

“When Mitt Romney had the opportunity to avoid paying taxes, he took full advantage of it,” O’Malley said. “It didn’t result in job creation here at home, it resulted in Swiss bank accounts, it resulted in shell corporations in the Bahamas, it resulted in Cayman Island accounts.” Source:  Buzzfeed

It’s funny how Mitt Romney claims his father taught him so much, but yet the one thing his father did when he ran for president was to release tax returns for 11 years and he can’t even emulate him on that front.

Rahm Emanuel, an Obama campaign surrogate, also raised the issue of the taxes during his appearance on “This Week”  with George Stephanopoulos saying:

“He has only released one year, to the McCain campaign he released 23 years. And he’s telling the people, ‘I’m not going to give you what I gave John McCain’s people in 2008.’ And when he gave them 23 years, John McCain’s campaign looked at it and went, ‘Let’s go with Sarah Palin.’ So whatever’s in there is far worse than just the first year.” Source

  • Janet:

    You know I love you, right?

    It seems that whatever the latest point of attack from the Obama Reelection Campaign is – YOU pick up on it.

    What ever perceived “insult” that a Romney surrogate makes – YOU feel the pain as if it was directed at you.

    You have 100% editorial control over your blog and I am not telling you what to post.

    HOWEVER, since you position yourself as a “Black Interest Blog” (or at least this is how I interpret it) I wonder if you make the distinction between news/slant that is appealing to the PREVAILING PREFERENCES of the Black community versus retaining FOCUS on that which is ultimately most important to our community. As such you are made to GO AGAINST THE GRAIN, including the various DIVERSION ATTEMPTS.

    I don’t know about you Janet but the very worst thing to ever happen to “Black Community Governance” was its emotional fusion into POLITICS. The second worst thing ever was to see it consistently compromise itself in protection of a FAVORABLE MAN IN POWER that it chooses to live vicariously through.

    While indeed Mitt Romney’s finances and signed documents might prove entertaining to many, it seems that the vast majority of those who felt content in eating this “bread and circuses’ will suffer the most as this nation’s economic situation continues to erode yet they have not been developed to the point of self-sufficiency.


    The fact remains, however, once either side is seen cheering its victory in November – this nation will continue to list to the side as few of them know what they SHOULD HAVE BEEN focused upon to mitigate the damage.

    If there was ever a need for “activist journalist” it would be during this time when it is time to DRIVE THE CAMPAIGNS TO SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO A LARGER MESSAGE.

  • pelmo

    Great comment Constructive.
    Janet why is everything said against Romney fair game, while any questions asked of Obama is a WITCH HUNT? Any time the president can’t remember or recall something, it is quickly dismissed, yet we hammer Romney whenever he tries the same line.
    As far as his tax returns “WHO CARES” as long as it passed IRS scrutiny then why worry about it. Swiss and Caman Island accounts are legal and if you and I had the oppertunity we would do the same, as would most Americans given the chance. We hear nothing about the millions Nancy Pelosi has invested in China.

    • Pelmo:

      I am beyond asking people to protest the things that I BELIEVE that they should be protesting.

      I don’t even ask that journalists be “fair and balanced”.

      The ONLY thing that I ask as that they take a step back from this FRAUDULENT game called “American Politics” where these two DUNG PRODUCING PARTY ANIMALS have hijacked the GOVERNMENT of this nation and are setting it on a course of destruction be PUT IN CHECK.

      Instead of running to the beat of their drum – people need to KEEP BOTH OF THESE FRAUDULENT PARTIES focused on THE PRIORITIES of the nation.

      This may extend the nation’s financial solvency by another 10 years if they do so.