If John McCain wins in November, don't expect to ever see his wife's tax returns.
"You know, my husband and I have been married 28 years and we have filed separate tax returns for 28 years. This is a privacy issue. My husband is the candidate," Cindy McCain said in an NBC Today show interview aired Thursday (video here; transcript here).
As blogged about here, the Arizona senator released his married filing separately tax return last month. His wife's return was not made public.
She's heiress to a Phoenix-based beer distributing company with
Political scolding: As expected, much is being made by political opponents about Mrs. McCain's decision to keep her tax data to herself.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Cindy McCain's refusal to release her tax returns gives the appearance of a double standard on the part of her husband.
"What is John McCain trying to hide?" asked Dean in a statement. "Throughout this campaign, he has acted like his own calls for openness and accountability apply to everyone but himself. Now he thinks he can bring that same double standard to the White House."
In response, Republican National Committee spokesman Danny Diaz said, "Howard Dean continues to lower the bar in this election."
Who really cares? Aside from satisfying our society's current celebrity/tabloid thirst for tell-all personal details, what purpose does release of tax returns really serve?
I don't really care what any candidate or sitting lawmaker at any governmental level makes as long as he or she reports it all to the IRS and/or applicable state tax collectors.
If the feds or their state/local cousins are investigating a candidate for suspected tax evasion (see Al Franken), that's when I want to know all the dirty allegedly law-breaking details.
Otherwise, the only return I'm going to worry about is my own.