Griebel releases tax records. Lamont says Stefanowski is “a little Trumpy” on taxes

September 25, 2018

Oz Griebel, the former Hartford business leader who is making a long-shot independent run for governor, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes over the last three years, according to summary sheets of his IRS returns for 2015, 2016 and 2017 released Tuesday by the candidate.

Griebel’s transparency, however, did little to budge the two front runners - Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski - to give reporters a peak at the two businessmen’s financial records.

In his last three returns, on income close to $400,000 a year, Griebel paid $94,925 in federal taxes in 2017, $93,026 in 2017 and $99.493 in 2015, the summaries, prepared by Hartford accounting firms indicate.

A spokesman for Stefanowski reiterated the candidate’s week-old comment supporting the eventual release of his recent tax records. Asked again on Tuesday, Stefanowski’s campaign remained vague. “Yes, Bob plans to release his income tax summaries as well,” said Kendall Marr, the spokesman, who did not respond to a request for further details.

Informed that Griebel had released his summary sheets, Lamont, during an unrelated news conference on the Hartford-bound platform of the Meriden train station, said he will not open up his records until Stefanowski does the same.

“I’ve been very clear,” Lamont told reporters. “I’ll put those out at the exact same time that Bob does. Bob, you pick a time and a place and I’ll be there. You give your 1040, give your Schedule A, they can see whether you’ve been paying your taxes. They can see whether you’ve been generous to the state, or generous to charities; what type of person you are. That’s something I think we should do.”

Lamont said he wanted to prod Stefanowski. “ I’d like to give Bob a little leverage to do it,” Lamont said. “He’s a little Trumpy, you know. Trump said he’d do it too and he never did it. You choose the time and place. I’m ready to release.”

The three candidates will meet in a debate Wednesday night on the campus of the University of Connecticut.

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