Craig James Reveals Tax Records, Proves That Even In Bad Years He's Way Overpaid

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This is what transparency looks like.
Quick test: When you think Craig James, what comes to mind?

A. SMU and New England Patriots football player and long-time sports announcer.
B. Texan, father, husband.
C. Who the hell is Craig James?
D. Senate candidate and taxpayer.

You're right! And today, James took his "plethora of experience" to "Real Street" (it's like Main Street, but more transparent) at Sammy's Barbeque in, yes, Uptown, where he announced that he would release his past five years' worth of tax records. No, he had not yet filed his campaign personal finance disclosure firm, but he said he'll get to that soon. After all, he just announced his candidacy last month. In the meantime, he's jumping right ahead to his personal docs. And he calls upon his competitors for Kay Bailey Hutchison's Texas Senate seat to do the same.

"I think that as we seek higher office, it's important for folks to really get to know us," he said. "Is it an invasion of privacy? Absolutely. But I have opted to step into this arena of public service, so therefore it's important for me to open up so that people get a chance to know all they can about me. I hope that the other candidates will follow suit. I think they should. I think it's a responsibility that we have to be as transparent as we possibly can."

Is he paying his fair share of taxes?

"Absolutely ... I'm paying what the law says I'm supposed to pay." Otherwise, he'd be shooting himself in the foot once the public gets a chance to comb through the tax documents posted on his website today.

James noted that his tax docs show that like many Americans, he's had a tough run in this economy.

"I've had to make the interest payments to the debt on my assets," he said. His gross personal income shrank to $260,730 in 2010 from a five-year high of $4,210,677 in 2006. Most people at the intersection of Real Street and Main Street would agree that's a steep drop but, yeah, still not too shabby.

And while tax documents provide only the slightest insight into the moral fiber of a person's being, James wants people to know there's more to him than financial disclosure and athletic prowess.

"I have a plethora of my experiences in my life, whether that was making it as a professional athlete, being a rancher, broadcaster, the broadcasting school that I opened and ran for 10 years, the business that I have had have given me a broad perspective of reality -- real street," he said. All of that, in addition to being a husband and dad, are the reasons he believes voters should elect him as senator.

"I'm talking about understanding the challenges of life. I think life is what qualifies you to be a U.S. senator," he said. That, and opening your books for the world to see.


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Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

We would definitely win if he were to run for douche nozzle. I love how in these blogs no one ever comes to his defense.  I kind of hope he gets elected, so I don't have to have him beat my arse for three hours on college football Saturday. 

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Do you think there's someone advising Craig James that he can be a senator, or do you think he's capable of fooling himself on that issue?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

When I hear the name Craig James, I think ESPN douchebag, helicopter dad, and the bringer downer of two fine football programs.  Yeah lets put him in office...idiots. We should lock his ass in a dark closet with only an Iphone, until this election is over

DaTruth
DaTruth

I'd want a refund if I went to the Craig James broadcasting school

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

A high school football hero, SMU football player getting "gifts", NFL player, mediocre broadcaster, making over $4 million at one time and making $260,000 in a "bad" year.  I don't think that this describes too many "challenges" in life.  Definitely not what one call "middle class".  Ask those who have to raise kids and pay a mortgage by working 2 jobs and making $50,000 a year - that is a challenge.  Ask a kid putting himself or herself through college by working a job on the side and helping out at home - that is a challenge.  James has no clue at what people have to deal with real challenges in life - paying mortgages, putting food on the table, etc.  Just to get a decent job is a struggle for many.

His answer about "life" is a poor answer to how he is qualified to be US senator.  He is saying that he has no qualifications.  Everyone has life experiences.  What James calls challenges would be dream opportunities for many others.  Who wouldn't want to have $260,00 in what to him is a down year? 

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

1. You have already admitted to taking "gifts" while playing college football. If you were smart enough to go to SMU, then you were smart enough to know it was graft, pure and simple.

2. What is your voting record? How many times have you voted in the last 20 years?

3. If I made $4 million in one year, how could I even have any debt left over? How could I even say, with a straight face, "I've had to make the interest payments to the debt on my assets," If you STILL had debt, afte making that kind of scratch, either you are wasting it, not managing it well, or living wayyyyyy to well to have any "Real Street" cred.

4. How is knowing how much money you made an invasion of your privacy? Why do people even say that? I will gladly tell you that last year, I made about 1/4 of what you made. I teach kids; I matter to society. You did what, exactly?

scottindallas
scottindallas

Diane, you don't really understand finance.  A responsible person might well sink a quarter of that sum into a home, expecting future similar income and sheltering that wealth with a homestead exemption.  Then, if you had earned that kind of scratch, you might well sink it into various investments, for keeping it liquid would be the irresponsible thing to do--during most investment periods.  Further, the interest payments on that debt is largely deductible.  Again, it's reasonable for James to think that he would be still earning that kind of money in the broadcast booth--even though that judgment proved as ill-conceived as this Senate run; but I hate to dis a man for being optimistic. 

Anyway, you've made some hasty judgments on Mr. James finances, and perhaps given too much weight to his crocodile tears.

BFK
BFK

Go Washington State!

Doubletcastor
Doubletcastor

Well if you look at his "body of work" which includes five dead hookers while attending SMU he may be legit.

Double Fake Dick Hicks
Double Fake Dick Hicks

When I read the word "plethora," my mind automatically drifted to El Guapo and Jefe's exchange in "Three Amigos."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00...

Damn you, Randy Newman.  

Beda
Beda

When I hear "Craig James," the David Chappell skit "I'm Rick James! I'm Rick James!" comes to mind. :-)

Bumbul81
Bumbul81

His taxes announcement didn't exactly bring a crowd into the barbecue joint, which is not surprising.  His experience that we've witnessed has only alienated him from a bunch of the electorate.  At least he'll be a source of some laughs before he finally drops this stupid campaign idea and tries to do something else besides being the most despised announcer that ESPN ever put on the airwaves, (unless he has pictures of some CEO in bed with a goat, which would not surprise me).

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Ahh hell guys, he'd be the perfect counter balance to Barbara Boxer.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Barbara Boxer is much sharper than Craig the football player

Ldsknack
Ldsknack

he does have experience in getting coaches fired when they don't play his son. he will even call the coaches on the sideline during a game when he is in the espn broadcast booth demanding more playing time for his son. what a loser. he took money at SMU which earns them the death penalty and SMU has never recovered. James used his platform at espn to try to gain playing time for his son and when that didn't work he used the platform to leverage he past business partner, kent hance, to fire the head coach. he is a cry baby, wittierabout himself egomaniac that wants tofreeload off of you and me becauseespn isn't going to renew his contract.

Rooster
Rooster

Seriously.  Is Texas capable of producing a national candidate who isn't a douchenozzle?...

Kergo 1 spaceship
Kergo 1 spaceship

Don't think so......James follows the incredibly inept and profoundly dumb G.Bush and R.Perry. 

ps-Where have you been?

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

G Bush and R Perry ... C James ... Good hair = electable

scottindallas
scottindallas

we can produce them, but they don't tend to get elected here.  Perhaps Ike is the best example, he had to good sense to enter politics outside of Texas.

Constituent
Constituent

His plethora of experiences shows that he can be bought and that he is willing to inappropriately throw his weight around.

He definitely fits the job criteria for US Senator.

Rkisok
Rkisok

He is going to be the gift that keeps on giving... I just know it...

Abc
Abc

I hear Craig James killed 5 hookers while at SMU

James the P3
James the P3

The question I have is whether he deducted as a business expense the cost of the hacksaw used to dismember the bodies after Craig James killed 5 hookers at SMU.

scottindallas
scottindallas

CJ finally spoke to the issue, of the 5 hooker murder.  He had refused or declined to answer to those charges for years.  He finally made some limp, joking reference to the crime of murdering 5 hookers.  But, he's never spoken to police about it!  How can that be?  How can one be accused of murdering 5 hookers and still be at large?  And, Running for Office?  Tell me we don't have a priviledged class.  Till Craig James is acquitted of those charges, how can we let him off?   He's never been acquitted of the charges, never spoken to the police, and only spoke to the media about the murder of 5 dead hookers, years after the fact. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

Is he thinking he can prove his bona fides to the 1-percenters and get their votes by showing his income?

Mc
Mc

Even *thinking* the phrase 'plethora of experience' - much less SAYING it - should disquality anyone from holding office.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

when i'm out on Real Street, I talk the way I wanna talk

Montemalone
Montemalone

"I have a plethora of my experiences in my life,..."

The exact quote is even worse, usage wise.

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