“Shame on gossipy gentleman from Nevada” [Darleen Click]
Dan Primack of Fortune lowered the boom on Reid’s effort to slander Romney with weaponized gossip: “One of two things has happened: (1) Reid is simply making the whole thing up, in order to pressure Romney into releasing tax returns for years prior to 2010, or (2) Reid’s investor pal lied, and the Senator didn’t bother to conduct even a mild vetting before sharing the accusation with reporters. Either way, shame on gossipy gentleman from Nevada.”
“Let me make this crystal clear,” Primack continued. “Investors in private equity funds do not receive, nor are they entitled to request, personal tax returns for fund managers. Not just at Bain Capital, but everywhere. For example, ask the person managing your 401(k) for their personal tax returns. See how far you get.”
Primack went on to note that Romney hasn’t even been managing Bain funds for the past ten years, and that Bain doesn’t prepare tax returns for its partners in-house, so Reid’s source couldn’t be someone who just happened to find Romney’s tax returns lying on a fax machine. Not that it seems terribly likely that a prosperous executive risking gigantic penalties, and possibly jail time, by cheating on his taxes for ten years would leave the evidence that could destroy him lying on a fax machine at the office.
Amusingly, when Primack rang up Harry Reid’s office to challenge his wild claims, a staffer told him to interview Reid’s anonymous source… who, of course, Reid will not identify.
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