Skip to comments.'Conservative Republican' at IRS defends treatment of Tea Party
Posted on 06/18/2013 3:42:15 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
A manager from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati where staff have been accused of unfairly subjecting conservative groups to extra scrutiny has said his agents were not influenced by any political agenda.
John Shafer, who described himself as "a conservative Republican," told congressional investigators he sought advice from his boss on how to handle the first Tea Party application he and a lower-level agent came across in February 2010 because it was a new, high-profile issue.
The furor since then has led to the ousting of the IRS chief by President Barack Obama, an FBI investigation and a congressional investigation.
Leaks from the congressional investigation, now in its sixth week, have neither clearly supported allegations by Republicans of undue influence by Washington officials or the White House, nor ruled this out.
Some material has undermined the allegations by suggesting that the screeners - some of whom were managed by Shafer at the Cincinnati processing hub - acted largely on their own.
Shafer said his screeners knew when a new issue could be difficult and might need to be evaluated by superiors.
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“John Shafer, who described himself as “a conservative Republican,”
Yup. I am sure.
Much like those “conservative” or “republican” callers to C-SPAN or talk radio. . .riiiiightt. . .
Bull pucky, a rino would be my guess. The rinos want the TEA Party gone as much as the demonrats.
Roooooooters conveniently leaves out that he was already planning to leave. He wasn't ousted, he left on his own.
Lerner, Paz and Ingram need to be ousted, posthaste.
I thank these open-minded, truth-seeking journalists for all they do to insure that government is held to the highest scrutiny...our Constitutional Republic would crumble in short order were it not for the honorable efforts of the fourth estate.
Complete and utter Bravo Sierra. Of course, it’s too much trouble to validate his claims, so the MSM will run with his statement — if fits their template.
Take off the sheepskin .
The Chuckie Schumer wing of the Republican Party is growing beyond its base which is currently the United States Senate.
Elizabeth Hofacre, the Cincinnati coordinator for emerging issues, put it another way: “These cases were basically in a black hole,” she told internal IRS reviewers in 2012.
Hofacre, who had been working on tax-exempt determinations in Cincinnati for 11 years, said the way the IRS handled Tea Party cases was unprecedented. She said she was “micromanaged to death” by an IRS lawyer who worked in Washington. Every piece of correspondence had to be reviewed by Washington. She was asked to fax entire case files to Washington. “I thought it was ridiculous. I mean, I don’t understand why they didn’t just take the files up (to Washington),” she told the Oversight Committee staffers.
Tea Party groups started to complain, but she was powerless to move the cases, she said.
“It was like working in lost luggage. You are getting it from everywhere. Irate taxpayers. It wasn’t a good place to be,” Hofacre said. She soon asked for a transfer. “This is a really sensitive issue, and I was just concerned to be associated with it because it was a particular political movement,” she said.
Nuthin’ like a good ‘ol fashioned liar is it?
“New talking points from Elijah Cummings...”
Exactly right...he backtracked because he outed the plan too soon:
‘Punish your enemies, Reward your friends’
You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
"We need to quickly find someone who will admit to being a 'conservative Republican.'
If no one steps forward offer an incentive like extra vacation days or cash."
If anyone ask, I am a liberal Demonrat, errr I mean Democrat
He's as much a "conservative Republican" Lois Lerner.
Surely he’s just as conservative as Bush, McCain and Graham.
That sounds a lot like “I’m a hunter and a gun owner...but...” and we all know how the rest of the sentence goes.
Come on, be honest ... socialist, right?
Well, if he is lying, and it seems he is, he is really a Democrat. See how much money he donated to Obama.
Okay, Mark you are the designated “conservative Republican.” Now bone up on it for a few minutes before we trot you out. You have to make MSM believe it!
A Democrat would be my guess. A Democrat who has been promised a promotion if he puts it over and a week extra vacation if he tries and gets outed. Fired “for cause” if NYT or WAPO outs him.
“Hi, I’m a conservative Republican from Wisconsin, and I think maybe capitalism is a little outmoded. I think, as a conservative Republican, maybe we should try...what’s it called...socialism...yeah, that’s right, because it hasn’t been tried correctly in places like Russia and China. We need social justice and redistribution of wealth like President Obama said. Did I mention I’m a conservative Republican?”
IRS Cincinnati office gave 75% of political donations to Dems
Saying conservative republicans in the IRS is like saying Evangelical Pastor at a UCC church, it is an oxymoron.
I’m sure there are some conservatives there, but I can’t possibly imagine this guy is one of them.