As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doubled and tripled down on his recent allegations that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes for 10 years, one of Romney’s top advisers went on Fox News and accused Reid of McCarthyism.
Reid told The Huffington Post Tuesday that a mysterious Bain Capital investor told him the secret of why Romney is hesitant to release his tax returns:
“Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years,” Reid recounted the person as saying. Reid doubled down on those comments with reporters yesterday, and he tripled down on them during a speech on the Senate floor today, according to The Washington Post.
Responding on Fox News today, Romney campaign manager Eric Fehrnstrom compared Reid’s comments to the infamous witch hunt of Sen. Joe McCarthy, who suspected Communists of working in the government.
“Those charges are untrue, they’re baseless, and there’s nothing to back them up,” Fehrnstrom said. “Again, this reminds me of the McCarthy hearings back in the 1950s.”
Fehrnstrom then referenced Joseph Welch, the head counsel for the United States Army that confronted McCarthy.
“It was another son from Massachusetts, Joseph Welch, who asked the question that now should be asked of Harry Reid,” Fehrnstrom said. “Which is, ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir? Is there nothing that you won’t do in the name of dirty politics?'”
On a conference call earlier today, Fehrnstrom also accused Obama campaign manager Jim Messina of “appearing” to break the law because of a series of emails Messina sent from his personal account as White House deputy chief of staff.
Watch Fehrnstrom’s appearance on Fox below, via the Romney communications YouTube channel:
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