"Every time the state of Tennessee improves or builds a new interchange on the interstate, Pilot Oil has an interest. Now, is that a big conflict for Mayor Haslam or a small conflict? Frankly we don't know because he will not tell us the amount of income he's getting from Pilot Oil. The public needs to know that and the most reliable way of knowing that is for him to release his income tax returns."
What's Haslam Hiding?: Here's a roundup of previous criticism from the media and the rest of Haslam's Republican opponents in the governor's race. Gibbons has been particularly persistent.
Here is our question for you, Pith Nation: Should we all care passionately whether Haslam releases his income tax returns, or is this just a phony issue created by bored political reporters and kept alive by Haslam's desperate rivals?
Update:Don Sundquist says Republicans will win the governor's race if they "keep it civil" in their primary. He cites "uncalled-for and unnecessary" comments about Haslam's finances.