“Miscommunication” between people outside GOP gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal’s campaign is probably the reason there is confusion over when the former congressman will reveal his tax returns, a campaign spokesman suggests. And there’s the matter of finishing up last year’s forms.
Savannah Morning News’ Larry Peterson caught up with Deal spokesman Brian Robinson, hoping he could shed more light on when Deal’s returns might surface. Democratic rival Roy Barnes, who often touts how he’s released years of his returns, has been trying to turn the heat up on Deal to do the same.
While Robinson appeared certain the forms would be disclosed, the “when” remains a mystery. The following is from Peterson’s report:
“We’ll release them,” said Brian Robinson, spokesman for the former congressman. “You’ll know when when we make the decision.”
But not until Deal finishes his forms for last year – a missing link Robinson acknowledged only on Friday.
He also said conservative commentator Phil Kent’s claim on a Sunday TV talk show that the returns had been released was wrong.
Kent said Monday he received an e-mail Friday from Deal’s attorney, Randy Evans, saying the documents would be out Saturday. Kent added that’s why said on the show – taped later Friday – that they were.
Evans didn’t return a call made Monday to seek comment.
Don’t conclude from Kent’s comments that an unveiling is imminent, Robinson warned.
“What he said probably was based on a miscommunication between individuals outside our campaign,” he said.
Deal and Barnes also face Libertarian John Monds in the race for the governorship.
Tuesday night update: The Hill.com’s Ballot Box blog also is reporting that the Deal campaign has informed the website that Deal will release his returns soon. Read the report here.