Good thing Dick Armey's aide had that gun...

momj47(7A)December 26, 2012

The day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall.

Richard K. Armey, the group's chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group's Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey's enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks' top two employees off the premises...

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The comments section has an interesting question. So why weren't they arrested? I'd like to know that part! Who did they have in their pocket? Wrong thing to do and wrong thing to do. I can't think anyone would stand behind what they have done. I hope not! The issue is lack of critical thinking. The TP is a bunch of bullies and will continue to bully as long as they can get away with it. Just like they held up the government during the 2011 debt ceiling crisis (which obviously didn't get solved, so to what end did they do what they did?) until they got what they wanted. Their tactics on all fronts should be questioned and fully addressed. Don't lose sight of all they're doing that is wrong.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 10:57AM
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The entire article is pretty interesting, what with the "grass roots" nature of the teaparty. Excerpt:

"The coup lasted all of six days. By Sept. 10, Armey was gone - with a promise of $8 million - and the five ousted employees were back. The force behind their return was Richard J. Stephenson, a reclusive Illinois millionaire who has exerted increasing control over one of Washington's most influential conservative grass-roots organizations.

Stephenson, the founder of the for-profit Cancer Treatment Centers of America and a director on the FreedomWorks board, agreed to commit $400,000 per year over 20 years in exchange for Armey's agreement to leave the group.

The episode illustrates the growing role of wealthy donors in swaying the direction of FreedomWorks and other political groups, which increasingly rely on unlimited contributions from corporations and financiers for their financial livelihood. Such gifts are often sent through corporate shells or nonprofit groups that do not have to disclose their donors, making it impossible for the public to know who is funding them."

Ah, yes. The smarmy, grossly mis-leading ads for Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

"I had advanced-stage pancreatic cancer, and now, look at me riding my horse by a lake!!!"

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 11:05AM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Interesting read indeed! Make a proper mess of an organization and collect millions to stay far away. The partnership [between Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe] came to a crashing end when Armey marched into FreedomWorks's office Sept. 4 with his wife, Susan, executive assistant Jean Campbell and the unidentified man with the gun at his waist -- who promptly escorted Kibbe and Brandon out of the building.

"This was two weeks after there had been a shooting at the Family Research Council," said one junior staff member who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. "So when a man with a gun who didn't identify himself to me or other people on staff, and a woman I'd never seen before said there was an announcement, my first gut was, 'Is FreedomWorks in danger?' It was bizarre.'"

By nearly all accounts, including from those loyal to him, Armey handled his attempted coup badly. Armey says he was stepping in because of ethical breaches by Kibbe and Brandon, accusing them of improperly using FreedomWorks staff resources to produce a book -- ironically, named "Hostile Takeover" -- for which Kibbe claimed sole credit and was collecting royalties. The use of internal resources for Kibbe's benefit could jeopardize the group's nonprofit tax status; the group denies any impropriety...

Armey also accused Brandon, Kibbe and other staff members loyal to them of squeezing him out of media appearances and management decisions while using his name to market the group.

Armey appeared out of touch and unsure of how FreedomWorks operated when he took over that Tuesday morning, according to interviews with more than a dozen employees on both sides who witnessed the takeover. Sitting in a glass-walled conference room visible to much of the staff, he placed three young female employees on administrative leave, then reversed himself when they burst into tears; his wife lamented aloud that maybe they had "jumped the gun."

In subsequent meetings, Susan Armey passed her husband notes that several employees assumed contained suggestions on what to say. According to a recording of a staff conference call provided to The Washington Post, Armey bewildered his audience by demanding more FreedomWorks support for Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican whose Senate campaign had already cratered after his comments about "legitimate rape."

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 4:16PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I don't mean to start any rumors or anything, but is it possible that Army "tipples" a bit? Other than that, I can't make much sense out of his actions.

Geesh--this crackpot was head of the House just a few years ago? I might actually be glad someone was willing to pay him big bucks just to stay away!


    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 7:59PM
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It get's more interesting: (snip)

WASHINGTON (AP) � Two election watchdog organizations on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more than $12 million in campaign contributions that were mysteriously funneled through two little-known companies in Tennessee to a prominent tea party group. The origin of the money, the largest anonymous political donations in a campaign year filled with them, remains a secret.

The watchdog groups said routing the $12 million through the Tennessee companies appeared to violate a U.S. law prohibiting the practice of laundering campaign contributions in the name of another person...............

Just google "Groups urge probe of $12 Million...

Here is a link that might be useful: Probe of 12 Million

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 10:54PM
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I thought they were fiscal conservative how could they justify an $8 million payout to that old insider fraud!
Roots of grass my ass....roots of cash!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 11:26PM
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The only thing conservative about Tea Party fiscal policies is that you and I won't have any money. THEY, on the other hand, expect to become very, very rich. It's the American way, after all.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 7:53AM
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It was a grassroots movement. At least, it started out that way until it got derailed by nutcases. Much like OWS. One of these days, a grassroots movement will work; I hope!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 7:58AM
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It was dressed up like a grass roots movement but Dick Armey from the git go was a power broker & an insider spewing outsider rhetoric! If you followed his earliest speeches you knew everything about this group! I wrote about them on here when people were trying to portray them as fiscal only conservative without any other agenda's Armey made clear from the get go that they had a pretty big social agenda also!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 12:23PM
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I meant the Tea Party was a grassroots movement.

It really was. To the point of, I was very interested in what they said, and now I run like hel- when I hear them say anything and everything. Why they have picked social agendas is beyond my understanding, except that, they picked something that has been on the back burner for years. Which is good since it's causing people to finally pass legislation FOR gay rights. Thanks for pushing us TP!

This post was edited by rob333 on Thu, Dec 27, 12 at 12:52

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 12:31PM
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I meant the Tea Party was a grassroots movement.

Sorry, that was started by nut cases too. Just because the grassroots low information voter got mesermerized easily doesn't make it a 'grassroots' movement.


    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 1:18PM
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It was a grassroots movement for the first month.

It was then co-opted by demagogs, shysters, mega-corporate interests, and greedy media personalities, whose elected representatives in Congress are willing to destroy the economy for the sake of bumper sticker ideology.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 1:29PM
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David, you're my hero! Yes, that's it exactly.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 1:42PM
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    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 7:43PM
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I don't think it was ever really grassroots- I think folks like the Koch brothers used 'seed' money to get it started..

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 7:45PM
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