He would have chosen his money
The man is a goddamned patriot I tells ya:
Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise, say the sources based on their longtime understanding of Romney, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.
Mitt has known since at least 2006 that he wanted to be the leader of most powerful nation on earth and probably much longer than that. But apparently he's never wanted it so much that he would willingly pay his taxes in such a way that they would be above reproach.
Or to put it another way, if he thought he would be forced to choose between giving up a fair share of his vast quarter billion dollar fortune or leading the United States of America, he would have chosen his money.
And it's not as if paying a fair share of taxes would have left him broke. He would still have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He just cares more about keeping every red cent than he cares about the country. Which makes him a GOP hero.
Update: It sure makes this seem like a load of fetid baloney:
“I truly want Mitt to fulfill his destiny, and for that to happen, he’s got to do politics,” Ann told the Los Angeles Times on the eve of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. In his book “Turnaround,” Mitt says he initially resisted the offer to take over the games until Ann changed his mind. “There’s no one else who can do it,” he remembers her saying. Last year, when Mitt entered the presidential race, Ann told Parade, “I felt the country needed him … This is now Mitt’s time.” In a March radio interview, Ann declared, “He’s the only one who can save America.
Well, unless he has to be above reproach when paying his taxes. Then, not so much.