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Rubio, Bush, Crist released more tax returns than Romney



As Democrats continue to hammer away at Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns, it's worth dipping into the Times archives to see what some of Florida's top elected officials have done. Short answer: They have disclosed far more than Romney.

Jeb Bush in his first run for governor in 1994 made public 10 years of tax returns. Marco Rubio released nine years of tax records in his 2010 U.S. Senate race, revealing how his personal income grew along with his political influence. Charlie Crist, who released his returns back to 2000, had pressured Rubio to do so, hoping to gain a political advantage as his hopes for winning the election dwindled.

"We are confident that Speaker Rubio will deliver on his promise to release his tax returns as well and, in order to be open and forthright with voters, will do so immediately," Crist campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in March 2010.

Saul, of course, is now lead spokeswoman for Romney. Romney has said he'll reveal only returns for the past two years.

Bush earlier this year encouraged Romney to be more open. “He is clearly uncomfortable talking about his own success, which is natural,” Bush said in a January Bloomberg interview. “At the same time, I don’t think he has anything to be ashamed of. What a wonderful success story. It should stand as an example of American exceptionalism.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:20pm]


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