Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Sullivan was asked, given his struggles with big tax debt in his business, why voters should choose him to replace Sen. Mike Crapo, who holds a key finance committee position. “Because I have been the one who has been able to pay down my debt,” Sullivan said, saying Crapo wasn’t able to reduce the national debt. “I was caught up in this 2008 downturn. I’m not complaining, I’m not crying, I rolled up my sleeves and I got to work and I’ve paid it off, nearly completely paid it off. … I worked, I paid it off, Mike Crapo has not.”
Crapo declined to comment on Sullivan’s personal tax issues. “With regard to the tax issues, I have not made it an issue in my campaign and I don’t have a comment on it now,” he said. Asked if he should be accepting bankers’ contributions, and whether he’d continue to do so as he decides major financial issues in the Senate, Crapo said, “Yes. My record … is very solid.” Businesses, he said, “support the kinds of policies I support, and that’s why I have received their support.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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