Rep. Tim Griffin said Mitt Romney was preparing Monday to release additional years of tax returns. And then he said Romney wasn’t.
“He is releasing them,” the Arkansas Republican said on MSNBC. “My understanding is that they are preparing to release them.… I talked to some folks at the campaign this morning, a friend of mine, and they are in the process of reviewing them to release them.”
But after “Daily Rundown” host Luke Russert declared Griffin’s statement “breaking news,” Griffin stumbled back.
“No … all the two years is the tax returns they’re releasing,” Griffin said. “Whether they release more, we’ll see.”
All Romney has already released two years of tax returns. That’s all he’s said he’s going to release. You can’t be looking at releasing something you already released, so this was a pretty obvious attempt at a lie. Perhaps Griffin has become used to how the Arkansas media just immediately parrots his lies and gives him a pass and thought MSNBC would do the same. Regardless, it made for great comedy and just reinforces my opinion that Griffin himself is nothing special. Frankly, he’s a little dumb for such a supposed evil genius amongst the Republicans. But in politics of course, money talks, and between the ton of corporate cash Griffin has been able to raise and a dysfunctional and mostly cowardly Democratic Party he’s been able to enjoy a, so far, blessed political career.
However, while Griffin races to lie for Mitt Romney, other prominent Republicans apparently aren’t so willing to sacrifice their integrity for him. Griffin of course has no integrity so he has nothing to lose here. Except maybe his dignity because that fail was hilarious. Romney himself has indicated that releasing all of his tax returns would be damaging to the campaign, a statement that has got people in both parties wondering what he’s hiding. Considering Griffin’s shady career that has ventured into the criminal in the past it’s no surprise that he’d be willing to lie like this defend Romney, scumbags after all have to stick together. What is surprising is just how much a fool he made out of himself trying to do so.