FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi’s vote against holding a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt covers up a scandal, says state Assemblyman Dan Logue. Garamendi responds that he’s protecting the Constitution.
Logue, R-Loma Rica, who is running against Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, to represent the 3rd Congressional District, said the Wednesday vote fails to hold the IRS accountable after Lois Lerner repeatedly refused to answer questions from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on alleged IRS abuses involving tea party-associated organizations.
Garamendi’s vote hinders investigations into allegations that the IRS abused its power by targeting political organizations, Logue said.
“It is unacceptable for the IRS to target any group or organization for their political beliefs and it is wrong for public officials to block investigations into abuse of power,” Logue said in a press release. “John Garamendi’s vote solidifies the fact that he has become a Washington partisan who cares more about party politics than our right to political free speech.”
Garamendi in his response to Logue said, “This was a vote on whether someone should be held in contempt of Congress for asserting the rights of every American under the Fifth Amendment.”
“I support everyone’s constitutional rights,” Garamendi said.
Logue also said: “Garamendi’s vote is particularly frightening in light of new powers granted to the IRS under Obamacare.”
The IRS’s role in implementing the Affordable Care Act is to verify premium tax credits claimed by individuals and families that help pay for their coverage.
“That means the IRS will have even more private information and we can’t guarantee it won’t be abused, because politicians like John Garamendi refuse to hold IRS officials accountable,” Logue said.
The 3rd Congressional District includes Fairfield and Vacaville. The election is June 3.
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