New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called upon Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.
Christie, of course, is one of Romney’s most prominent and vociferous supporters. Couple this with Romney’s dodgy answer to the tax return question on Monday night’s debate, Romney now stuck behind a rock and a hard place. As an aside, here’s an amusing interpretation of Romney’s answer by Kermit the Frog (albeit without the blessing of Disney.)
The reason I say Romney is between a rock and a hard place is because if he does release his returns (whether it is now or in April) they will show that a good chunk of the millions he earns in investment income that is taxed at 15% is from Bain Capital. So while the tax return issue is put to bed, Bain Capital is awoken from a not so restful sleep. While that might not necessarily hurt his standing amongst Republicans, it could certainly hurt his standing amongst independents. Unless Romney can find a cogent way to explain how his record at Bain was a rising tide that lifted all boats, his ship could run aground against Obama, if not Newt.