Liberals continue to target McCrory on taxes

July 13, 2012 3:45:10 PM PDT
In television commercials and in protests outside of his campaign appearances, liberals continue to hammer Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory on releasing his full tax returns.

So far, McCrory has declined to release the information about how he's earned his money working for consulting and law firms since he ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2008

Critics suggest the former Charlotte mayor has had a cozy relationship with large corporations, but McCrory told Stogner in the April interview that he's only interested in shielding his clients.

"I've released all the information that's required by North Carolina law, and I am proud of that," he said in April.

McCrory has stuck with that position despite pressure to say more from liberal groups like Progress NC.

"He wants to go around saying he wants to bring sunshine and transparency to state government, but he won't really want to talk anything about what he's been doing for a living for the past four years," offered Gerrick Brenner with Progress NC.

That's not exactly true. Just two days ago, at a business roundtable in Cary, McCrory did talk a little about his life outside public office.

"I'm on the board of trustees at Cawtaba College, so I understand the issues," he told the group.

"I know from my experience with business [that] entrepreneurs go where the capital is," he said. "I know this as director of training for Duke."

But critics like Brenner say voters would get a clearer picture if McCrory released his returns.

McCrory wouldn't answer questions from ABC11 Friday. Instead, his staffers turned the transparency issue back on his Democratic opponent Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.

Unlike McCrory, Dalton hasn't released his travel records, and McCrory's staff pointed to the travel scandals that have dogged current Governor Beverly Perdue and her predecessor Mike Easley.

Dalton told us he intends to release the records, but it's taking the state a while to compile them.

(Editor's note: Gerrick Brenner is a former ABC11 reporter who left the station in 2010)

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