Bill Simon Responds to Public-s Tax Probe

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Releasing tax returns has become a painful ritual for California gubernatorial candidates, but unlike current and former Governors Gray Davis, Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian, this year-s Republican challenger had refused-until now. Bill Simon told reporters he had been protecting the privacy of his six siblings who, like him, derive their income from a family investment business. Acting to defuse a -bogus issue- and refocus attention on Davis- financial mismanagement of the state, Simon has released 11 years of returns. But he imposed strict limitations on his returns, who can see them and when. We speak with Governor Davis- senior political advisor and the chair of the California Republican Party about why Simon changed his mind and how much information he-s made available to reporters.
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