Diary

What Is It with Democrats and Taxes?

I wrote yesterday about Scott Murphy — the Democrat candidate for Kirsten Gillibrand’s old House seat. I pointed out that he was trying to send part of his resume down the memory hole — suddenly erasing from his biography his role in starting an Indian rival to Ebay. I pointed out that he’d also had problems paying his taxes in the past. But now I see that his firm — Small World Software — still has outstanding liens against it with the New York State Department of Taxation.

Apparently Murphy isn’t even meeting up to the standard set by Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle: at least they had the sense to pay their back taxes before they stepped into the national spotlight. Hopefully he will do so now that he’s running for Congress.

Democrats are acting as if this race is unwinnable. They’re telling everyone who’ll listen that their candidate has nearly no chance, despite the fact that they’ve won the seat handily the last two cycles, that it has a very slight Republican tilt, and that they currently hold at least 28 other House seats that have as large a ‘Republican tilt’ or larger. If they have no chance in this seat, it means they’re writing off 29 seats of their 40 seat majority.

The only thing that could make this seat unwinnable is a bad candidate. Let’s weigh his assets and debits.

On the plus side:

  1. He’s rich
On the down side:
  1. He hasn’t paid his taxes
  2. He’s erasing parts of his resume — for reasons that aren’t clear
  3. Not only is he a carpetbagger, he held a high ranking office in Missouri just 8 or 9 years ago — meaning he’s also being disingenuous when he claims in his bio to have been working in New York ‘since the early 1990s’

I think this race is likely to be closer than Democrats would have you believe, but at the same time I wonder if local Democrats weighed all this when they nominated Murphy.

Via Matt Lewis