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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:25 PM

Republican Dick Armey 'stages armed coup' at Tea Party organisation

Source: The Guardian

Republican Dick Armey 'stages armed coup' at Tea Party organisation

Dominic Rushe in New York
The Guardian, Wednesday 26 December 2012 17.40 GMT

A former top Republican, his wife, and an armed aide reportedly staged a coup in the Washington office of one of the Tea Party's biggest backers amid fears that the organisation was being hijacked by fellow conservatives, it emerged Wednesday. The news comes amid growing signs of disarray in the once powerful grassroots movement.

Dick Armey, former head of the Tea Party-affiliated FreedomWorks, was ousted in September with an $8m payoff. At the time he told Associated Press "my differences with FreedomWorks are a matter of principle" and that other board members had urged him not to leave until after the 6 November election.

But the Washington Post painted a far more fractious picture of his departure. According to its report, Armey, a former majority leader of the House of Representatives, walked into the FreedomWorks' Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and a gun-toting aide. The assistant, with a handgun holstered on his waistband, escorted FreedomWorks' top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others.

Armey, 72, who wears a black cowboy hat even when he's not on his Texas ranch, co-authored the bestselling book Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto with fellow FreedomWorks staffer Matt Kibbe. But the pair had an apparent falling out, with Kibbe among the people escorted out of the office. According to the Post, the coup lasted six days before Armey himself was defenestrated with a huge financial pay-off.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/26/republican-dick-armey-tea-party-coup

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:08 PM

1. Give me liberty, or give me ...

hey, a big fat check!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:14 PM

2. Dick Armey, ward of the state.

I don't know who said that, but that bloated prick has been fed by the government all of his life.

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Response to Zoeisright (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:17 AM

4. Just Like Phil Graham. (nt)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:18 PM

3. Damn those people are nuts.

They really think we are in the old 19th century west dont they?

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