Dem Congressman Sees Silver Lining: IRS Scandal Has United Dems, GOP

By Melanie Arter | May 22, 2013 | 12:38 PM EDT

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) (AP Photo)

( – Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said Wednesday that the silver lining in the IRS scandal targeting conservative groups was that it has done more to unite both sides of the aisle than anything he’s seen during his first five months in office.

“The inept, inexcusable actions of the IRS have done more to unify Democrats and Republicans than I’ve seen in my five months here so far, so that’s what I’m going with. I’m going to try to work off of that,” Pocan said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

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“In Wisconsin, we try to find silver linings,” he said at the beginning of his statement.

Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said if Pocan could find a silver lining in the scandal, he could “find a sunny day in a snow storm.”

After Pocan pointed out the bipartisan cooperation that Congress has shown while investigating the IRS’s treatment of conservative groups, Issa said, “I’d use it until we lose it, and hopefully we won’t.”

Pocan, a freshman member of Congress, beat out Democrat Tammy Baldwin to win a seat in the U.S. House last fall.