WASHINGTON – A top Democratic congressional leader said Mitt Romney’s reluctance to release a fuller accounting of his income tax returns makes him "the most secretive candidate for president in modern history," but other top members of Congress have showed little interest in personally being held to the same disclosure standard.
"That's my private business," said House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who ran a small business in plastics when he was first elected 20 years ago. He called the debate over Romney's personal income taxes a "sideshow."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the minority leader who is among the wealthier members of Congress, gave a long explanation for not releasing her own tax returns, suggesting somewhat in jest that perhaps the members of the media should disclose their tax information.
"When I run for the president of the United States, you can hold me to the same standard," she said.
Romney has come under increased pressure from some members of his own party to disclose returns beyond those for 2010 and the current year that he already has made public. In recent presidential elections, nominees have released more than two years of returns.