A reporter question made news this week. Brian Bakst from the AP asked Mark Dayton if he would release his income tax returns at an unrelated press conference. After a long pause, Dayton said he’d release a summary within two weeks. That unanticipated question became the campaign news of the week. All the other candidates had to quickly figure out what they were going to do. A surprising mix of reactions resulted. To review: Dayton & Kelliher will release their returns, Entenza & Emmer will not, Horner is considering it. We asked all the campaigns about the issue, some just released statements, others were happy to elaborate.
We talked with Entenza who won’t release his returns and had him respond to Kelliher’s comment that “It’s important for Minnesotans to know how their next governor earns a living.” Entenza said “I’m campaigning full-time for governor that’s what I’m doing.” When I pushed back about just how he earns a living, Entenza responded that he complies with the current law and he has actually supported more candidate disclosure in the past. The broader question is who is a millionaire and who can relate to voters.
IP-endorsed Tom Horner told me in an interview “I’m not a millionaire, I’ve never earned a million dollars in a year.” Horner will wait to see what the others release “and if there’s value to voters I’ll talk to my family and we’ll consider it.” Entenza and Republican Tom Emmer both mentioned that the public can see their economic disclosure statements already filed with the state. We’ll look into just what the candidates are disclosing when it comes to their assets and property tonight on Almanac. It’s in an updated format we call Campaign Notebook where we take a look at the week’s political news with a new media perspective.