Former Gov. Tommy Thompson used to be pretty open about his finances. When he was governor of Wisconsin for the better part of 14 years, and during his four years as George W. Bush's secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, he often complained about not making enough money.
And he regularly released his tax returns.
When he left Bush's Cabinet, he bluntly declared that he was going to "make some money."
And he did. Millions and millions of dollars.
But now, as he competes with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to see who will replace U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, he says he won't release his tax returns.
Indeed, he's kind of belligerent about it, spelling out the word "N-O" when asked about whether he'll provide the returns.
That doesn't sound like the old Tommy Thompson, who was rooted in Wisconsin. That sounds like the new Tommy Thompson, who is rooted in Washington.
We didn't always agree with the old Tommy. But we sure miss him now, as we think a lot of voters will.
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