Not The Headlines Republican Governors Were Looking For
Republican governors and their candidates are having one awful week. Governor Perry was indicted on two felony charges by a grand jury for his abuse of power. The news that Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson cheated on his taxes and lied about it when he got caught reemerged as a central issue in the campaign. Illinois Republican Bruce Rauner was further exposed as an out-of-touch billionaire who has dodged US taxes in the Cayman Islands and made millions outsourcing American jobs. And that was only the beginning.
Here’s a sample of the coverage:
Arkansas: Asa Hutchinson pocketed illegal tax credits on his multiple homes and avoided the penalties for doing so for years.
Talk Business: “Cook: Democrats Pound Asa On Homestead Tax Credits”
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “GOP nominee got 2 home tax credits”
Georgia: Members of three powerful boards, nearly all of who were appointed or reappointed by Deal, have contributed about $1.3 million to Deal’s campaign.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Three powerful Georgia boards help bankroll Gov. Nathan Deal”
Illinois:Billionaire Bruce Rauner not only has personal investments in the Cayman Islands, but his company, GTCR, set up Cayman Island investments to avoid paying taxes in Illinois.
The Chicago Sun Times: “Rauner’s old firm set up Cayman Island funds when he was boss”
Associated Press: “Rauner firm had Cayman investment funds”
New Hampshire: Walt Havenstein owes Maryland authorities thousands of dollars for tax breaks he improperly benefited from
WMUR: “Maryland says Havenstein owes state tax credits”
The Concord Monitor: “Havenstein owes about $9,000 for tax breaks he shouldn’t have taken”
South Carolina: To hide her own incompetence, Governor Haley got caught lying about moving people from welfare-to-work
The State: “Sheheen: SC Gov. Haley ‘lying’ about welfare-to-work numbers”
Associated Press: “Sheheen: Haley’s welfare-to-work claims misleading”
Texas: Governor Rick Perry was indicted for abuse of power
The Dallas Morning News: “Rick Perry indicted on two felonies”
TIME: “Rick Perry Booked in Politically Charged Abuse of Power Case”
The New York Times: “Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power”