Capps Maldonado exchange slaps
June 21, 2012
Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capp tossed an election-cycle challenge to her Republican opponent Abel Maldonado to join her and post all his tax returns and worksheets for every year he has served in office on Monday.
“With the US Congress certain to consider many tax issues over the next two years, the Capps campaign believes that it’s important and fair for legislators and candidates to the House to disclose their own tax returns so the public can examine whether they meet their obligation to pay their taxes and whether they would benefit from their own tax proposal,” Capps campaign said in a press release.
Maldonado, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the IRS over more than $4 million in taxes the IRS says he and his family business owe partially because of allegedly claiming personal purchases as business expenses, plans to accept the challenge. His campaign has agreed to post his last return within a week.
Maldonado’s campaign fired back with a challenge of its own Wednesday regarding the botched Operation Fast and Furious that allowed guns into the hands of Mexico’s drug cartel. Hundreds of Mexican citizens and two U.S. Border Patrol agents were killed by weapons obtained through Fast and Furious. [Noozhawk]
House congressional leaders announced Wednesday that Congress will consider a contempt resolution next week regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to cooperate with a congressional subpoena for documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, Noozhawk said.
“I am hopeful that Congresswoman (Lois) Capps that we need answers, not cover-ups,” Maldonado said. “This is one of those votes and it doesn’t belong to the president or the attorney general or to any particular party; it belongs to the families of the victims who have been killed and the people she represents. This vote is about reflecting the interests of the people in our community who demand answers.
“Hopefully, Congresswoman Capps will vote in favor of the contempt resolution and publicly call on the president to instruct his Justice Department to fully cooperate with the congressional investigation into the botched operation that allowed guns to “walk” from the United States into Mexico and into the hands of drug cartels.”