Mediaite reports:

On Monday, Politico’s Mike Allen told Morning Joe about the Obama campaign’s plans to look into “Romney’s penchant for secrecy,” noting that the campaign’s communications director , David Axelrod, has asked such questions as “Why did George Bush and John McCain release multiple years of tax returns, but not Mitt Romney? Why did Mitt Romney leave Massachusetts government with the hard drives from his computers, and why did his senior aides leave with the hard drives from their computers? Why won’t he be more forthcoming about some of these offshore investments?”

Panelist Jon Meacham asked whether any of the focus on Romney’s “secrecy” may have something to do with his faith, Mormonism, a religion shrouded in mystery for many non-Mormons. “Is this code for the secrecy of the Mormon Church?” he asked Allen.

“As the Obama campaign makes the case that Romney is somehow weird, different,” Allen replied, “some supporters of Romney will say that that is a dog whistle, that is a way to come near the religion issue. The Obama campaign will tell you they’re not going to touch it, they don’t poll on it, they don’t talk about it in focus groups because they know that it would blow up if they did and that got public.”

Yeah, right — not releasing tax returns = Mormon, according to Democrats. That’s why you had this a couple of days ago:

As the President releases his tax returns for the past 12 years, Democrats are calling for Mitt Romney to share more than just his 2010 returns, which showed he paid around 15% in taxes.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer believes the public is entitled to know about his past financial activities, including overseas investments….

Former Michigan Governor George Romney, set a standard many years ago by providing 12 years worth of tax statements, and others have done likewise.

Brewer would like to see Romney’s tax returns for 12 years as well, exactly what his father George released many years ago as a candidate.

And this a few months ago:

Today, [former Democratic] Governor Ted Strickland held a press conference call to urge quarter-billionaire Mitt Romney … to follow the example set by his father George Romney and release 12 years of tax returns before the Ohio primary on March 6. George Romney, who ran for President in 1968, was the first-ever presidential candidate to release his tax returns. He released 12 years of tax returns instead of just one….


Democrats attack Mitt Romney’s secrecy while praising the transparency of his father. Since they’re talking about Mitt’s secrecy as a devious, sneaky way to call him a Mormon, they must think George belonged to some other church.

Yeah, that must be it.

(X-posted at No More Mister Nice Blog.)

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