An evasive Rep. Annie Kuster sat down with WMUR’s Josh McElveen Monday night to explain why she failed to pay her property taxes for many years.
Only there was no explanation.
Instead, Kuster tried to put the scandal behind her by repeating obviously practiced utterances about how she has finally paid back what she owes. With interest. She said it over … and over … and over again.
One of Kuster’s most peculiar utterances, repeated twice during the interview, was her insistence that she’s a “real person.” The bizarre line of defense was probably the invention of a not-as-brilliant-as-he-thinks-he-is political consultant trying to deflect from the fact that his client is a multi-millionaire lobbyist with two vacation homes and huge investments.
Nevertheless, it came off as … weird.
The New Hampshire Republican State Committee was not impressed.
“Once again, Congresswoman Kuster failed to be upfront with her constituents and offer a plausible explanation for her long history of late tax payments,” said Meg Stone of the GOP. “She refused to explain why, despite a net worth of nearly $2 million, ownership of two vacation homes, a lucrative corporate lobbying career, and investments in over 20 mutual funds, she wasn’t paying her fair share in taxes. And she didn’t explain why despite having the resources needed to immediately settle her tax obligations, she decided to make the payments only after the media caught her red-handed.”
“Congresswoman Kuster’s inability to explain herself further damages her credibility and raises even more questions that demand immediate answers,” continued Stone. “The people of the Second District deserve to know why, at a time when Annie Kuster is trying to raise their taxes, she hasn’t been paying her own. Granite Staters don’t want excuses, but they do expect their elected representatives to be open, honest and to provide a plausible explanation for three years of delinquent taxes.”