Nebraska democrats are asking the governor to apologize after a short-lived legislative appointment.
Patrick Shannon resigned from his post following news that he owes the state $16,000 for campaign-disclosure violations.
The announcement on Friday came less than five hours after Governor Dave Heineman said he was appointing Shannon to fill the opening created by former state Sen. Scott Price. Price resigned last month.
Shannon, of Bellevue, ran for the Legislature in 2004. He was fined for failing to report expenditures and contributions related to an anonymous mailing that accused his opponent of domestic abuse.
The Nebraska Democratic Party called for Governor Heineman to apologize to IRS employees Saturday, saying the appointment is a slap in the face to those workers.
"Shannon, when asked a question about the IRS, said, "It's a criminal organization that steals money from anyone they want,"" a statement from the NDP said.