A new ad by Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign has a simple message: Scott and his wife Ann have shown Florida their tax returns, so it’s only fair that former Gov. Charlie Crist and wife Carole show theirs.
In the ad released June 25 called “What’s He Hiding,” Scott’s political group Let’s Get To Work demands that Crist release not only his tax returns, but Carole’s, too. The ad says the Scotts have released tax returns both in 2010 and for this year’s election.
“But millionaire Charlie Crist refuses to release his spouse’s tax returns,” the ad says. “Candidates for governor routinely disclose those returns. Alex Sink and Rick Scott both did it four years ago.”
Crist has said he won’t be releasing his wife’s tax returns, saying Scott was “out of bounds” for making the request and should apologize. PolitiFact Florida wondered, however, if spouses truly do “routinely disclose” their tax returns. Here’s our disclosure: It depends on what you consider routine.