IRS case gets Ohio tea party movement steamed up

CINCINNATI (AP) — While it’s clear that Ohio tea party activists are fired up over recent disclosures that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups, what that will mean to politics in the pivotal swing state is still a little hazy.

The investigation into IRS actions has given people opposed to big government and high taxes a rallying focus in recent weeks. It has extra significance in Ohio because the key IRS office involved is in Cincinnati, and several Ohio organizations were among those complaining about extra IRS scrutiny.

A tea party revival would seem to be good news for Republicans, who benefited from the grassroots movement’s support in 2010 election gains.

However, some tea party leaders have been critical of GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) and other Republican leaders in recent months.

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