FULLERTON, CA—Classroom teacher and 65th Assembly District candidate Sharon Quirk-Silva today announced she is taking on Presidential candidate Donald Trump for his failure to release his tax returns, filing papers with the Federal Election Commission allowing her to take him to task in ads in Orange County’s 65th Assembly District. The ads also point out a similar refusal by Quirk-Silva’s opponent, Young Kim, to release her returns.
“You either have something to hide or you don’t,” said Quirk-Silva. “Secretary Clinton, the other sixteen Republican presidential candidates in the primary, and I have released our returns. We all had nothing to hide.
“But, Trump and Young Kim refuse. So, I ask again, and will continue to do so until they release them, what do they have to hide?”
Trump’s refusal makes him the first candidate since Richard Nixon in 1972 to not release their returns. Uncovered during a deposition during Watergate, Nixon was found to have cheated taxpayers in 1969 by backdating a tax deduction he wasn’t entitled to take. Nixon’s tax violation has spurred candidates to release their taxes for the subsequent past 40 years.
Quirk-Silva currently teaches elementary school children and has spent 31 years teaching in the Fullerton School District. She is the former Mayor of Fullerton and served in the Assembly from 2012-2014.
The 65th Assembly District includes Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, Stanton and most of West Anaheim.