Governor's Race
5:39 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Charlie Crist Says He'll Release Nearly 25 Years Of Tax Returns

Charlie Crist talks politics at the offices of the United Teachers of Dade.
Charlie Crist talks politics at the offices of the United Teachers of Dade.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

Charlie Crist announced he’ll release his tax returns going back nearly 25 years.

“I would challenge Rick Scott to do the same,” said Crist at an event on Thursday.

Crist is running to be the democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in November. Last week, Scott released three years of tax returns for himself and his wife. Republicans had been calling on Crist to submit his financial information, too.

While Crist’s disclosure goes back much further than Scott’s, Crist drew the line at including his wife’s information.

“I’m releasing mine, not my wife’s; I’m the candidate,” he said.

The announcement came at a small press conference at the United Teachers of Dade union office in downtown Miami.

Crist pitched himself as a candidate who would understand the needs of schools and teachers. And in the wake of a Sun Sentinel series highlighting a lack of oversight of charter schools, Crist said he’d like to see school boards have more control of charters.

“When I was in the legislature, I supported charter schools because they could not become schools unless the local school board--which had appropriate oversight in my opinion--would give them approval,” he said.