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IRS scandal moves front and center

Updated: 2013-05-13T17:49:15Z

By DAVE HELLING

The IRS decision to target conservative non-profits for special scrutiny is the perfect scandal for the GOP — easily understood, impossible to defend, and capable of being stretched out for months.

Here are some local reactions:

“This misconduct was most certainly agenda driven politics and bias gone unchecked, despite the IRS’s best attempts to claim otherwise.” — Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Ks.

“Those that conducted this shameful abuse of power together with anyone that knew about it must be held accountable.” — Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Ks.

“People should be fired for this serious breach of public trust. We don't do this in America.” — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

“I am outraged that the IRS played politics and wrongfully targeted conservative organizations during the election cycle. I join my colleagues in calling on the Obama Administration to conduct a transparent review and ensure this type of behavior is not tolerated moving forward.” — Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

“Given that IRS documents recently revealed that the agency has a policy of engaging in warrantless email surveillance, I am outraged the agency has now admitted to singling out certain political groups and donors for heightened surveillance.” — Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Ks.

More as we get it.

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