Republicans on Sunday escalated their attacks on Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D) over his claim that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for years, with the Republican party head calling Reid a “dirty liar.’’
Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,’’ contrasted Reid’s allegations relating to Romney’s wealth with Reid’s own lifestyle as a resident of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, where he lives.
“As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen. . . . I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn’t filed a single page of tax returns himself. Complains about people with money but lives in the Ritz-Carlton here down the street,” Priebus said. “. . . This is just a made-up issue. And the fact that we’re going to spend any time talking about it is ridiculous.”
Reid created a political dustup last week by suggesting that Romney is withholding his tax returns because he didn’t pay taxes over a 10-year stretch, part of Democratic efforts to focus on Romney’s wealth and pressure him to release more than two years of returns. Romney forcefully rejected the allegations on Friday, saying he paid “a lot of taxes” every year and that Reid should “put up or shut up.’’