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When Mitt Romney‘s wife, Ann Romney (pictured), was asked about her husband’s refusal to release additional tax returns to the public, she defensively asked NBC’s Natalie Morales, “Have you seen how we’re attacked? Have you seen what’s happened?”

She went on in her interview with NBC’s “Rock Center”:

We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us. But the more we release, the more we get attacked. The more we get questioned. The more we get pushed. So we have done what’s legally required and there’s going to be no more tax releases given. And there’s a reason for that and that’s because of what happens as soon as we release them.

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I assume that the people working the upper echelon of the Mitt Romney for President campaign thought that having the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s wife feign anxiety over the potential “attacks” regarding her lacking tax returns might garner sympathy among voters. For those who haven’t been paying enough attention yet, perhaps her cries of attacks may do just that.

As for the rest of us, you’ve got to ask just what did Ann Romney believe she was getting in to? Not to mention, is she aware of how hypocritical this all comes across?

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This election cycle continues to prove itself to be one of the nastiest in recent memory — and Ann Romney’s husband has led the charge. Despite Mitt’s whining about the tone of President Barack Obama’s campaign, Romney was able to seize the nomination of his party by soiling the reputations of his competition.

And he didn’t soil them with the truth either.

News organizations calling Romney out on false ads against Obama is akin to both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich flatly calling the former Massachusetts governor a liar during the GOP primary season.

Ann Romney worries about “attacks,” but ravaging your opponents with falsehoods spread widely with lots of money – i.e. attacks –  is exactly why she’s even in the position to potentially be our next First Lady. You worry about attacks, Mrs. Romney? Well, you might not know the expression, but tell your husband that “punks jump up to get beat down.”

It’s not as if Mitt Romney is not the same person who once assailed the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy for not releasing his tax returns. He thought it was important then and now suddenly he’s a stickler for privacy — coincidentally around the time all the tax haven tricks he employs over the years are being investigated. And who can forget that it was Mitt Romney’s own father who started the trend of presidential contenders releasing several years of their tax returns?

Every day someone has to urinate in a cup to get a job and all people are asking of the Romneys is that they release their tax returns.

To call that request an “attack” is a crock and a testament to the Romneys’s sense of entitlement.

President Obama has been called a “socialist,” “darkie,” “closeted gay man,” “secret Muslim,” “Aladdin’s geni,” and so forth in recent years for simply existing.

Those are attacks, Ann Romney.

What people are asking of your husband is merely a formality. If you want to continue shrouding your family’s finances in secrecy, so be it. Just don’t call it an “attack” to try and make us feel sorry for you.

Sound off!

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Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick


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