Washington (CNN) – The chief of the House Republicans' campaign arm said Thursday it was "fair game" for people to ask for more information about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's personal financial records.
"His personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game," Texas Republican Pete Sessions told CNN.
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Sessions heads up the National Republican Congressional Committee, which helps elect House Republicans. The senior GOP leader's comment comes amid calls, mainly from Democrats, for Romney to release his tax returns from 2011, and earlier financial records. Democrats have seized on recent reports about Romney holding accounts in places considered offshore tax havens, such as the Cayman Islands.
So far the former Massachusetts governor has released his 2010 tax records and an estimate for 2011, but he has filed an extension for his 2011 taxes. In an interview on Fox News on Wednesday Romney said he'll release the most recent information "as soon as they're prepared." Romney has an estimated net worth of over $250 million.
Sessions declined to specify what level of detail or how many years worth of tax records Romney should release, but called it a "legitimate question." He emphasized that any disclosure should be confined to the candidate himself – not his extended family.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, who said he was arranging a meeting soon with the GOP candidate's campaign on other issues, urged Romney to make the information public sooner rather than later.
"I think he should release his financial records and I think if he does it in July it would be a lot better than in October," Jones told CNN. Romney's extension for completing his latest tax return goes until October.
"Obviously people know he's rich, nobody holds that against him," Jones said, but added, "whenever you are asking for the vote of the American people that you need to fully disclose what your holdings are, if you have any."
Jones said he's not a financial expert, but he said Romney should release the last 6 -7 years of records.
But not all Republicans believe Romney needs to provide any more public information.
House Financial Service Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus, R-Alabama, told CNN, "I think the issue is who will make the best president and not the fact that Mitt Romney's been successful."
He argued Romney's business success was enough information for him and voters.
"I'm just excited about having someone who has been so successful -turning the Olympics around and creating jobs and who understands free enterprise. I'm not interested in finding out every deduction he took or every charitable contribution he made," Bachus said.