Wynn Robocalls Target Edwards' Past Tax Liens
Tax liens once filed against the home of congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards are the subject of "robocalls" to voters by Edwards' primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) that began Thursday night. The liens have all been released.
Wynn manager Lori Sherwood acknowledged that the campaign was using the robocalls. She said Edwards opened the door to questions about her finances when she talked publicly about almost facing foreclosure on her home.
Edwards, an attorney running against Wynn in the 4th Congressional District Democratic primary on Tuesday, said the tax liens were at one time filed against her Prince George's County home when she was struggling financially. She said all have been released.
She cried foul over the calls, noting she has talked frequently on the campaign trail about facing financial problems in the years after she separated from her husband, including a two-year time span when she went without healthcare and a decade when she received no child support.
"Like a lot of working moms throughout our community, I've faced some really tough times. I haven't hidden that," she said. "I dug in, and I little by little, I paid all the bills back."
She called the telephone messages "a really desperate attack." "For the Congressman to attack me personally like this, shame on him," she said.
Wynn rejected that Saturday and said other struggling residents pay all their taxes. According to Wynn, the issue suggests "this person is not who she says she is."
"I think it's an example of her disingenuous approach to life and politics," he added.
You can read the tax liens here.
The records show that federal government filed a tax lien against her in 2002 for failing to pay $9,786 in 1994, 1995 and 1999. She repaid the debt and the lien was released in 2006. She has also faced two liens from the state of Maryland, one for a delinquent payments totaling $11,693 from 1999 to 2003, which was released in 2006, and another for $645 owed in 1999 and released last year.
February 9, 2008; 5:22 PM ET
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