Latest TV ad from Scottworld hits Charlie Crist for not releasing taxes

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“Let’s Get to Work,” the political committee associated with Gov. Rick Scott, released a new TV spot on Wednesday criticizing Democrat Charlie Crist for not making federal income tax returns public.

“Millionaire Charlie Crist refuses to release his wife’s tax returns,” the spot says. “What’s he hiding?”

As for the size of the ad buy or what markets are running the 30-second spot, Republican Party of Florida officials remain tight-lipped.

Candidates for governor routinely release jointly filed tax returns, as Scott and wife Ann did for 2010, 2011 and 2012 when filing candidate-qualifying papers last week.

Crist said he would release additional tax returns once his accountant organizes them.

“He’s going to out-transparent me?” Crist asked.

Crist insisted he would not release his wife’s taxes, adding that Carole Crist is “not running for office.”

Although the ad only shows a brief glimpse of Carole Crist, it points out that in the 2010 gubernatorial race, Democrat Alex Sink released tax returns of both her and her husband, the late Bill McBride.

Crist had routinely released tax returns in the past, such as in March 2010, during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid against Republican Marco Rubio.

Then, Crist released his returns first, challenging Rubio to do likewise.

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