After reportedly making a deal with Majority Leader Harry Reid to head up the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in exchange for a seat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet may soon find himself wishing for a mulligan.
That’s because the Senate Finance Committee, the committee of reference on all things related to the Internal Revenue Service, will likely soon begin holding hearings to determine why exactly the Obama Administration has been channeling Richard Nixon to harass non-profit conservative organizations.
Under normal circumstances, a junior senator from Colorado shouldn’t have any qualms about asking hard, probing questions of administration officials when scandals break. But Bennet co-authored a letter with his chums Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) over a year ago telling the IRS to do exactly what they have been doing to conservative 501(c)(4) organizations.
No matter how hard the administration and their gaggle of apologists in the Congress try to press the narrative that using the IRS to exact political pain was an isolated incident carried out by rogue IRS employees (does such a thing exist?), we expect Senator Bennet is about to find himself in a tricky position as the scandal continues to develop.
Here in Colorado, Bennet is tasked with executing his winning election strategy to get his senior Senator, Mark Udall, re-elected to the Senate in 2014.
While (Mark) Udall was smart enough to keep his name off of the aforementioned letter to the IRS last year, he is counting on Bennet to raise a truckload of money for him between now and next November.
We suspect Mr. Bennet’s effort to enlist the IRS as a political ally last year won’t help that effort.