Tax Troubles Won't End Bid, D.C. Candidate Says

Associated Press

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the leading candidate for Washington's non-voting congressional seat, has no plans to drop out of the race despite disclosures she and her husband filed no local income tax returns from 1982 to 1989, an aide said Sunday.

The former Jimmy Carter Administration official said she did not realize until Saturday that her husband had not mailed the returns.

Withdrawal is "absolutely out of the question," Norton spokeswoman Gwen McKinney said Sunday.

Norton said she signed the District of Columbia tax returns for the years in question. She blamed the lapse in mailing them on "procrastination" and a dispute with the city over the amount of taxes owed in 1982.

The candidate's spokeswoman said an accountant working on Norton's taxes concluded that $49,593.63 withheld by the city from 1982 until 1989 will satisfy Norton's tax obligation.

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