Bummer: Democrat Isn’t Interested In Getting Trump’s NY Tax Returns, Gets Primary Challenger

Not every Democrat is a Social Justice Warrior nor infused with Trump Derangement Syndrome. Some of them just want to go to Congress and do the business of Congress, even if from a Democrat point of view

The one Democrat who can get Trump’s state tax returns doesn’t want to. That’s infuriated the left.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law legislation designed to make it easier for Congress to obtain President Donald Trump’s state tax returns.

So far, the only Democrat able to use the law wants nothing to do with it.

It’s just one of a series of decisions that have landed House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., in hot water with those on the left who feel the longtime lawmaker hasn’t done nearly enough to obtain the president’s tax returns.

In a sign of progressives’ anger, a Democrat on Monday announced that he will take on Neal, a moderate who has been in office since 1989, in a primary.

“There’s an urgency to this moment in Massachusetts’ 1st District and our country, and that urgency is not matched by our current representative in Congress,” Holyoke, Massachusetts, Mayor Alex Morse said in a video announcing his candidacy. “We need new leadership that understands that we can no longer settle for small, incremental and compromising progress. We need to be on offense.”

The progressive magazine The American Prospect also has repeatedly taken issue with Neal’s leadership, saying his committee “has shown none of the zeal for oversight exhibited by its counterparts.”

Well, good luck with the challenge. Mass. voters might not be so happy about putting an AOC type nutter into Congress

After the New York law passed, Judd Legum, a liberal journalist, tweeted that it looks as if “House Democrats don’t actually want Trump’s tax returns” and “are doing pretty much everything possible to make sure they don’t get them before November 2020.” And the liberal resistance group Stand Up America demanded that Neal seek the president’s state returns, saying that “any further delay is an injustice to the American people.”

Even if they do get Trump’s taxes, what can they do with them? They can’t legally talk about them or release them to the public. And, really, if they attempt to get them from New York, lawsuits will fly, particularly along the line of the law being aimed specifically at Trump, which is against all sorts of equal justice under the law laws and the NY Constitution, much less the federal Constitution.

Now, Neal says he won’t request the state returns by using the new New York law because he believes doing so would harm his efforts at obtaining Trump’s federal filings through the lawsuit, which could be tied up in the courts for years. Neal told Bloomberg News he thought requesting the state returns would boost the Trump administration’s argument that Congress only wants them for political reasons and that, as chairman, he does not “have jurisdiction over New York taxes.”

He’s right, this is all political. They just want them because Trump won’t give them up and he beat the odds and won the election, which they just can’t handle.

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