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Rubio Demands IRS Commissioner Resign Over Tea Party Imbroglio. There Is No IRS Commissioner.

by David Badash on May 13, 2013

in News,Politics

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Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew demanding the IRS Commissioner resign over the agency’s admission low-level Ohio staffers targeted some Tea Party groups for special scrutiny in 2011. The GOP and Republicans are claiming “Obama’s IRS” is playing politics and call the actions “chilling.”

The only problem?

There is no IRS Commissioner, only an acting one who was appointed when the actual IRS Commissioner — appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008, resigned in November.

So, whatever supposed shenanigans that took place in Cincinnati were under the leadership of a Republican, one who has since left.

Talking Points Memo notes:

“[I]t is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership,” Rubio wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. “Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public.”

Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman, who was appointed by President Bush in 2008 and held by President Obama, left the agency in Nov. 9, 2012. Any pre-election misconduct would have had to occur on his watch.

Ironically, there would be an IRS Commissioner but Republicans let it be known they would not act to approve an Obama nominee until the 2012 election was over and members of their own ranks had been installed.

In fact, Republicans have blocked Obama’s nominees to almost every area of government more than at any time in history.

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{ 3 comments }

Alex_Parrish May 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

"“[I]t is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership,” " — since Republican leadership was in-charge of the IRS during that period, you gotta give Rubio that one! He's right, though; Republicans cannot be trusted.

Truth_Addict May 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Ponder this for a moment — Marco Rubio is a UNITED STATES SENATOR. Talking about a "chilling" thought. How do people of this low intelligence get into positions of power? Furthermore, he's not a Senator from Wyoming or some other State with a small population. He's a Senator from FLORIDA. Are you telling me that Florida only gets two Senators and they can't do better than Marco Rubio?

PaulUK2901 May 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

How on earth does Rubio fool enough voters, to get elected in the first place?

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