Unpaid taxes snag Melissa Gilbert’s run for office: ‘It’s OK, she’s a Democrat’

Former child star of “Little House on the Prairie” Melissa Gilbert is running for Congress as a Democrat, but her past is already catching up to her.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Gilbert owes more than $360,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, which filed a tax lien against her in February.

Gilbert blames the 2011-2013 tax debt on a stalled acting career, the economy and divorce. In a statement to the newspaper, she says that “like so many people across the nation, the recession hit me hard” and there was a “perfect storm of financial difficulty for me.”

Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” says she’s negotiated a payment plan with the IRS.

Gilbert shouldn’t feel alone however.

She is merely one among many Democrats, including Tom Daschle, Tim Geithner and Charles Rangel, who have no problem raising taxes on the American people while avoiding taxes themselves.

Social media users piled on the former child star.


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