Recent revelations have cast serious doubt on the credibility of Senator John McCain and whether he knew and even encouraged IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups.  McCain staffers met with Lois Lerner for six hours some eleven days prior to McCain’s statement expressing his shock and dismay at the IRS’ unlawful targeting and intimidation.  This serves as chilling confirmation of a suspicion Tea Party groups had all along: they were under fire from both sides of the establishment in Washington, D.C. Republicans and Democrats worked together to crush their common enemy, actual conservatives.

This new information prompts the most basic question: what did Senator McCain know about the IRS scandal and when did he know it?  With McCain now officially seeking a near-record fifth term in the Senate, Arizonans deserve to know if their Senator encouraged the federal government to attack them based on their political leanings.  Senator McCain must come clean immediately and disclose precisely his role in the IRS coverup.  Anything less is an unacceptable intrusion on the right of every American to participate fully in our democracy.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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