IRS Ducks GOP Softballs

IRS team cancels softball game with Cornyn’s office

John Cornyn / AP


The IRS softball team canceled its previously scheduled game against Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s (R., Texas) office on Friday, as tensions between the IRS and conservatives mount in the face of widening scandal.

"Team Cornyn softball team was scheduled to play the IRS team on Friday, ‘the Cheetahs,’" Cornyn wrote on his Facebook page. "Game has been cancelled by IRS, without rescheduling."

A spokesperson for Cornyn confirmed the last-minute cancellation but was unsure of the reason.

"We contacted them to confirm our game which was scheduled for tomorrow night, and they said they needed to reschedule," Drew Brandewie said. "Guess they needed an extension."

Cornyn gave a fiery floor speech on Tuesday, blasting the IRS for targeting conservative nonprofits for heightened scrutiny and comparing its actions to those of "corrupt tin pot dictators."

"When the IRS starts behaving like a rogue agent that considers itself above the law, we’ve entered truly dangerous territory," said Cornyn.

He called for the acting IRS commissioner, Steve Miller, to step down. Miller resigned on Wednesday.

There was speculation on Twitter that the sudden IRS cancellation was related to the controversy.

The IRS did not respond to requests for comment.

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Alana Goodman is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was assistant online editor at Commentary. She has written for the Weekly Standard, the New York Post and the Washington Examiner. Goodman graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2010, and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @alanagoodman. Her email address is

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