The Chatter: Chandler gets a new gig; McConnell wants probe into IRS targeting tea party

05/10/2013 02:29 PM

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler told Kenny Colston of WFPL on Friday that he will become executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council on July 1 but that the new job doesn’t eliminate a return to electoral politics.

Chandler, who lost re-election to a fifth full term in Congress last year to Republican Andy Barr, told Colston that he would “never say never about anything,” including another run for governor. Chandler ran unsuccessfully in 2003 and has been mentioned as a potential candidate in 2015.

He told Pure Politics earlier in the week that he was hoping to announce his next move by the end of the week — one that would allow him to travel the state and combine his passions for history and Kentucky.

The Kentucky Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that promotes Kentucky heritage, arts and history and is funded through private donations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Chandler will replace Virginia Carter, who is retiring.

McConnell calls for probe into IRS

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell announced he wants the Obama administration to conduct an internal investigation into the IRS after officials apologized for submitting tea party groups to higher level of scrutiny.

“Today’s acknowledgement by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year’s national election is not enough. Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views …”

Among those groups the IRS targeted was the Kentucky 9/12 Project headed up by Eric Wilson, who explained to Pure Politics last March what the IRS had requested, including personal communications from the group’s directors.


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