I have read with concern news accounts that describe extraordinarily offensive comments made by Gov. Paul LePage in discussing the Internal Revenue Service’s role in administering provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The employees of the IRS are among the most dedicated and hardworking in the federal government.

LePage’s comments are disturbing on so many levels, but I am particularly distressed that he would attack public servants in Maine and across the country who come to work every day committed to giving their best for the American taxpayer.

We at the IRS take very seriously the duty we have to properly implement federal laws as directed by Congress, and we welcome constructive dialogue in regard to the implementation of these laws.

But I must strongly object to comments such as those made by LePage, comments that serve no constructive purpose, and do a disservice to the employees of my agency.

Douglas H. Shulman

IRS commissioner

Washington, D.C.

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