- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell says the IRS should be abolished.

Treadwell, who is also Alaska’s lieutenant governor, said the agency has lost the trust of the American people. He said he supports a “fair tax” instead, and would provide a more detailed statement on what that would entail.

Treadwell said the Republican candidates were asked about tax policy at a debate in Homer this week. He said the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status shows a fraudulent use of IRS authority.

Republican rival Joe Miller also has called for abolishing the IRS and changing the tax code.

A spokesman for Republican Dan Sullivan said it’s important to put forth viable solutions to changing the tax code, rather than purporting to abolish entire agencies “for political purposes.”

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