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July 03, 2014

Nan Rich: Carole Crist doesn't have to release tax returns


Nan Rich has plenty of disagreements with Charlie Crist, who has refused to debate her and generally acted as if his Democratic rival doesn't exist. But on the question of Crist releasing his wife's tax return Rich agrees: He doesn't have to.

Rich said she hasn't decided about her own tax returns, but that as a state legislator she has long filed financial disclosure reports.

We asked Rich about the Progressive Choice group that is attacking Crist in mailers and on the radio. Rich said she has no idea about the group other than what she has read in the news. "I have nothing to do with them." But she doubts it's a Republican front.

"I like their message. It's a very accurate analysis" of Crist's history as a Republican.

-- Alex Leary

Getting the facts straight about the Founding Fathers

Invoking the Founding Fathers on Independence Day to celebrate our nation’s birth is a fine thing to do.

Invoking them to score political points? Watch out. In honor of the Fourth of July, PolitiFact brings you a round-up of our previous fact-checks that relate to the Founding Fathers.

In November 2010, Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott said complaints about government regulations are "so old that Thomas Jefferson listed this problem among his charges against the King of England in the Declaration of Independence." Scott correctly quoted Jefferson, but we found that Jefferson’s grievances in this case were directed at King George’s interference in the colonies, rather than government regulation in general. We rated that claim Half True.