McKenna says he won't release tax returns

Published On: Aug 28 2012 01:52:57 PM PDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2012 01:59:17 PM PDT
Rob McKenna
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says he will not release any of his tax returns, calling the matter a distraction from important issues.

McKenna said Tuesday that he has disclosed enough information in the personal financial forms that candidates file with the state. He called the tax-return debate a "phony issue."

Democratic rival Jay Inslee released five years of tax returns last week, and Inslee's campaign had called on McKenna to do the same.

McKenna noted that the matter follows closely to what is happening in politics nationally. President Barack Obama has been calling on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns.

Romney has declined.