Consensus black mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun said Monday she will not release her income tax returns until after the election, passing on the chance to exploit a potential weakness of two of her major rivals.
“I don’t want to,” she said.
Rahm Emanuel, Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle have already released their tax returns to give Chicago voters a greater understanding of how they made their money.
Emanuel and his wife made nearly $2 million over the last five years. After leaving the Clinton White House and before running for Congress, Emanuel parlayed his political connections into $16 million over three years as an investment banker. He also made $320,000 as a director of mortgage giant Freddie Mac.
Chico is an all-purpose mayoral trouble-shooter who has served Mayor Daley as chief-of-staff, school board and park board president and chairman of the Chicago City Colleges. His law firm does city bond business and represents a host of city contractors.
He and his wife made $2.6 million in 2009 and $2.9 million the year before.
via Braun refuses to release income tax returns before election – Chicago Sun-Times.
All it shows is that she is poor. She doesn’t have any money, like many other people.
I tend to be skeptical of people who don’t want to be open with the voters. Is there something more there that Braun doesn’t want us to see? In my view, the time to show the goods is before the election, not after.