Reid Aide: Source on Taxless Mitt Is Bain Investor

Jose Parra initially calls source Republican, then backtracks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2012 6:47 AM CDT
Harry Reid speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. At right is Sen. Charles Schumer.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – An aide to Harry Reid made waves when he gave a KTLK radio host details on Wednesday on Reid's source for his claim that Mitt Romney went a decade without paying taxes—but Jose Parra has since backtracked a bit. Parra initially told Mario Solis-Marich, "This person is an investor in Bain Capital, a Republican also, and somebody who has been dealing with Romney's company for a long, long time and he has direct knowledge of this."

After the story broke last night, however, Parra emailed the Huffington Post and retracted the part about Reid's source being a Republican. "I do not know the party affiliation of the source, how long he invested with Bain, or his relationship to Romney beyond the fact that he was an investor with Bain Capital, as Senator Reid has previously stated," Parra wrote. Romney has called on Reid to name the source.

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