Tea Party members from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana converged in Cincinnati today/yesterday to protest the recent IRS scandal.
Several hundred people gathered on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building. That’s where employees with the Cincinnati IRS office admittedly applied extra scrutiny to conservative and other groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax exempt status. Dee Cohen from Cincinnati calls the IRS and White House administration’s actions abusive.
Tea party activists want to show their unhappiness over extra IRS scrutiny with protest rallies.
Members of the Cincinnati tea party will gather at noon today in the city, then march to the nearby federal building. The building houses Internal Revenue Service offices that handled group applications for tax-exempt status. IRS officials have acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention and questioning.
Other tea party groups also want activists in other cities to protest Tuesday at their local IRS offices.
Reaction to the IRS targeting several conservative groups is dividing some Ohio conservatives.
Tom Zawitowski is a Tea Party activist in Portgage County and was among those wrongly investigated by the IRS. The Ohio Republican Party this week sent out a email asking supporters to donate money to help fight the IRS. Speaking on All Sides with Ann Fisher today, Zawitowski called the email, “an example of how unconnected the Ohio Republican Party is with their base.”
The rift among Republicans over the Ohio GOP's stance on major issues and its support of Gov. John Kasich is starting to look like a serious split. And some Republicans say they're ready to run away.
Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski says he met this past weekend with the Ohio Constitution Party and is talking with others about finding a new political home for activists he calls “the force of the party”. And he says he doesn’t worry that this split is making conservatives look divided going into next year’s campaigns.
The Ohio Republican Party has a new leader. Matt Borges, the party’s acting executive director, will take over as Chairman in June. Borges, who was supported by Governor Kasich and Republican leaders, won by a large margin, 48 to 7, over tea party activist Tom Zowistowski. He says there’s a difference in goals between his supporters and party loyalists.