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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:25 PM

WTF ??? - Dick Armey Brought Armed Guard Into FreedomWorks In Coup Attempt: Report - HuffPo

Dick Armey Brought Armed Guard Into FreedomWorks In Coup Attempt: Report
The Huffington Post | By Luke Johnson
Posted: 12/26/2012 11:29 am EST

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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.

The report is the latest account of a breakdown of the influential conservative organization that has financially backed the Tea Party movement.

Armey, in exchange for resigning, will receive $8 million from the group -- paid out in annual $400,000 installments -- for consulting fees. Mother Jones obtained his departure memo, in which he specified that he wanted his name removed from all of the group's materials and asked them not to use his booklet.

Kibbe accused Armey of backing traditional Republicans over Tea Party candidates...

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






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Reply WTF ??? - Dick Armey Brought Armed Guard Into FreedomWorks In Coup Attempt: Report - HuffPo (Original post)
WillyT Dec 2012 OP
still_one Dec 2012 #1
no_hypocrisy Dec 2012 #2
Botany Dec 2012 #8
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #3
elleng Dec 2012 #4
UTUSN Dec 2012 #5
samsingh Dec 2012 #6
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #7

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:26 PM

1. Could not happen to a nicer group of thugs

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:26 PM

2. Re-enactment of the Night of the Long Knives?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:59 PM

8. bingo

n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:27 PM

3. LOL--we already knew they were teh crazy. But this is just awesome.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:36 PM

5. Ya beat me to it, but Gawker's version is more entertaining:



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http://gawker.com/5971214/how-a-former-congressman-staged-a-literal-armed-coup-of-a-tea-party-group-with-a-gun-and-everything

POLIDICKS
How a Former Congressman Staged a Literal Armed Coup of a Tea Party Group, With a Gun and Everything


Max Read

In September, Dick Armey, the former Republican House Majority Leader, wanted to re-assert control of FreedomWorks, the influential Tea Party political action group of which he was chair. So he did what any old, paranoid Republican would do: he brought a guy with a handgun in to fire everyone.

Armey had accused FreedomWorks' president, Matt Kibbe, of "improperly using FreedomWorks staff resources to produce a book," an accusation that, if true, would jeopardize its tax status as a nonprofit. And bizarrely, he thought the best way to address his concern was with the implied threat of firearm violence, according to The Washington Post's Amy Gardner:

“The partnership 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.” ....

"Bizarre" doesn't really even begin to describe Armey's Very Tea Party coup. Immediately after Kibbe was escorted from the building, Armey attempted to fire three employees, only to change his mind when they burst into tears. Armey's wife Susan "passed her husband notes that several employees assumed contained suggestions on what to say"; on a conference call, he demanded more support for Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin.

Ultimately Armey was paid to leave: Richard J. Stephenson, "a reclusive Illinois millionaire" who seems to have donated $12 million to FreedomWorks just before the election, is paying the former congressman a fuck-off fee of $400,000 a year for the next 20 years, and Kibbe has returned as president. The guy with the gun remains unidentified.


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:39 PM

6. that could get someone into prison

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:48 PM

7. Do you think I could get them to pay me

not to join?

I'd not do it cheap. Think how much trouble they'd be heading off if I didn't join at all? That oughtta be worth something. I'd even sign a contract.

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