Remember, folks: Gabrieli’s not-so-super sleuth was going to look at financial information provided by Deval Patrick to the State Ethics Commission that Chris Gabrieli himself has refused to make available to the public.
Tom Reilly sets the pace as the only candidate to release his income tax return.
But what about Professor Gabbers, he of the inquisitive student-intern? Well, despite shattering the record for personal expenditures in a gubernatorial campaign, Chris Gabrieli has provided the least amount of financial information to John and Jane Q. Public, satisfying only the minumum threshold required by law.
In a recent spate of emails that the Gabrieli campaign released to fuel a Joan Vennochi column, it was reported that, in the course of Tom Reilly and Chris Gabrieli’s discussion about possibly ticketing, Gabrieli’s wife was “balking on taxes.” Funny, Gabrieli’s wife was probably balking – and Chris Gabrieli is probably still balking – at the release of detailed personal financial information in order to avoid precisely the kind of scrutiny that his campaign is so comfortable providing to Deval Patrick’s finances. Kind of ironic, don’t you think?
Of course, all issues of fairness would be moot if each of the candidates simply made their income tax returns available to the public. In light of Gabrieli’s excessive spending and not-so-quiet inquiry into Patrick’s finances, perhaps Deval will reconsider his refusal and place Gabrieli in the uncomfortable position of being the only Democrat to hold out. . .while spending a massive amounts of his own money to win.
Until then, Chris Gabrieli is getting all the benefits of holding back his own information, while simultaneously trying to take advantage of the additional information that Deval Patrick has released.
Gee, I always thought that what was good for the goose is good for the gander. Ain’t that still the truth, Professor Gabrieli?