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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:57 AM

Lawd! Armey took over Freedomworks in a coup that lasted 6 days

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, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.

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.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/freedomworks-tea-party-group-nearly-falls-apart-in-fight-between-old-and-new-guard/2012/12/25/dd095b68-4545-11e2-8061-253bccfc7532_story.html

These people are teh crazy!

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Reply Lawd! Armey took over Freedomworks in a coup that lasted 6 days (Original post)
Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 OP
Bucky Dec 2012 #1
barnabas63 Dec 2012 #5
Melinda Dec 2012 #2
Melissa G Dec 2012 #3
Poiuyt Dec 2012 #4
Enrique Dec 2012 #7
Spazito Dec 2012 #6
sammytko Dec 2012 #8
Spazito Dec 2012 #10
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #9

Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 03:17 AM

1. Only teapers would bring a gun to a corporate coup

Geeze, it's like the Enlightenment just skipped these people. This is the mentality that turns democracies into dictatorships.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:11 PM

5. lmao nt

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:31 AM

2. Extremely interesting article - looks like FreedomWorks has lost its mojo; and a man with a gun?

Dick Armey actually armed a henchman and voila - coup by handgun. Old west style... lmao, ala 'new sheriff in town'. This is one for the "You can't make this shit up" files. Thanks for posting, everyone should read.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:59 AM

3. I would have thought this was The Onion

except for the WP link. You just can't make this stuff up that they do in real life any more.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:09 PM

4. They were crying like little girls

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), who abruptly resigned as head of Tea Party group FreedomWorks, brought in an assistant with a gun in an apparent coup attempt at the group, according to a report in the Washington Post.

On Sept. 4, the assistant escorted out Matt Kibbe, president and CEO, and Adam Brandon, the senior vice president, accusing them of ethical misconduct. Others were put on administrative leave, but the Washington Post report says that when they started crying, they got their jobs back.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/26/dick-armey-freedomworks_n_2364986.html

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Response to Poiuyt (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:40 PM

7. afraid they were going to lose their wingnut welfare

they might have to get real jobs!

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:13 PM

6. Very interesting article...

Stephenson now has a spotlight on him and that's a good thing, imo. Cretins like him prefer to stay back in the shadows pulling the strings of their puppets.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:42 PM

8. Wow, I knew those cancer treatment center commercials were too good

To be true.

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Response to sammytko (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:00 PM

10. Yep, I always found them to be over the top and suspected...

something scammish about them but, until reading this article about the cretin that is behind it, wasn't totally sure until now.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:46 PM

9. The K Street Putsch

Every day, the GOP gets even more unhinged!

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