MEMO: The IRS Scandal & Your Campaigns
To: Republican House Congressional Delegation of Florida: The Honorable Jeff Miller, The Honorable Steve Southerland, The Honorable Ted Yoho, The Honorable Ander Crenshaw, The Honorable Ron DeSantis, The Honorable John Mica, The Honorable Bill Posey, The Honorable Daniel Webster, The Honorable Rich Nugent, The Honorable Gus Bilirakis, The Honorable Bill Young, The Honorable Dennis Ross, The Honorable Vern Buchanan, The Honorable Tom Rooney, The Honorable Trey Radel, The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart, The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtine
From: Lenny Curry: Chairman, Republican Party of Florida
Date: June 6, 2013
Re: IRS Scandal
Congressmen and Congresswoman:
Of all the scandals currently boiling over in Washington DC, none are as significant as the outrage surrounding the IRS. The agency has shamefully targeted conservative groups simply because of what they believe. I want to thank all of you for your efforts in getting to the bottom of this scandal. I want to especially thank Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, for his oversight work on the IRS and how it allocates its appropriated federal dollars from the United States Congress.
Let there be no mistake, the IRS wields considerable power. It touches the lives of millions of Americans. And once ObamaCare comes into effect, the IRS will have an even broader scope, affecting every American. We need to play big, bold hardball now. This is an opportunity where good politics and good policy intersect well.
You can employ the IRS scandal to conduct oversight of the legislative branch, scrutinizing the investigation and ensuring no stone is left unturned. The Obama administration needs to be held accountable for its involvement. As the National Journal’s Ron Fournier put it, “… [Obama] and his advisors face a credibility crisis” in midst of this “perfect storm of controversy.” I encourage you to thoughtfully and methodically shine a light on this corrupted corner of government. In so doing, we will have an opportunity to positively affect policy and reevaluate the size, scope and role of the IRS.
The Democrats seem comfortable with an all-powerful agency that can investigate on a whim and destroy lives at will. And why wouldn’t they be comfortable? The IRS didn’t target liberal groups. I encourage you to use this in your campaigns. When you’re on the trail, ask your Democrat opponents: Are you comfortable with the IRS overseeing your health care? Why? Would you hold the Obama administration responsible for their hand in the IRS scandal? How?
Chuck Todd recently thundered on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” “Why aren’t more Democrats jumping on this? This is outrageous no matter what political party you are.” It’s clear the Democrats wish to maintain the status quo. So it is imperative to expose how unwilling their “progressive” nature really is to embrace reform: on taxes, health care and government operations overall.
In closing, here’s some food for thought.
Chairman, Republican Party of Florida