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Rubio moves quick to capitalize on IRS scandal

Sen. Marco Rubio has moved swiftly on the IRS scandal, calling for the acting commissioner to be fired, introducing legislation and even seeking to raise money off the situation.

"If there was ever a time for conservatives to take a stand against an expanding federal government, it is now. With this issue, the very message of the Tea Party movement has been validated." Rubio, who has faced some difficulty with the tea party over his involvement in immigration reform, wrote this afternoon to followers of his PAC. "Together we can use this scandal to demonstrate to Americans of all backgrounds just how dangerous the status quo has become in Washington. But we’ll need all hands on deck. You can help by contributing to the Reclaim America PAC today."

Rubio is also trying to attach an amendment to the water bill that would create criminal penalties for IRS officials who engage in political targeting. He went on the Senate floor today to try to gain support for the amendment.

Later, Rubio was on Fox News:

[Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 8:48am]

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