Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Armey Jumps Ship

Exclusive from David Corn and Andy Kroll at MoJo:

Dick Armey Quits Tea Party Group in Split Over Direction

In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party.

Armey, the former House majority leader who helped develop and promote the GOP's Contract with America in the 1990s, tendered his resignation in an memo sent to Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, on November 30. Mother Jones obtained the email on Monday, and Armey has confirmed he sent it. The tone of the memo suggests that this was not an amicable separation. (See Armey's email below.) Armey demanded that he be paid until his contract ended on December 31; that FreedomWorks remove his name, image, or signature "from all its letters, print media, postings, web sites, videos, testimonials, endorsements, fund raising materials, and social media, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter"; and that FreedomWorks deliver the copy of his official congressional portrait to his home in Texas.
FreedomWorks, as you know, is the Koch Bros astroturf imitation of grassroots that has sucked in a lot of people now known as Teatards to act on behalf of the 1% whilst not thinking they're doing so.

I can pretty much say without fear of contradiction that Armey hasn't seen the light or grown a conscience. Either they didn't pay him or renew his contract after the election losses, or they're up to something actually criminal and he doesn't want to be their spokesperson from prison. It will be interesting to see what develops here.

Maybe Gruber Norquist's "Tea Party Two"?


Top FreedomWorks Staffers Depart in Wake of Armey's Resignation

I get a lovely visual of multiple rats fighting over one little rat-sized life jacket. Heh.


montag said...

The Dick says he is quitting "as a matter of principles". I wonder where he rented them?

Gordon said...

The Kochs would have had to do something pretty bad to violate what passes for "principles" with that son of a bitch.

montag said...

HuffPo is saying Dick got $8 Million principles.

tom said...

As Rich said in Cassablanca
"confusion to the enemy"

Lloyd said...

Yeah, Armey gets 20 annual payments of $400k. It's nice to resign "on principal" when you get a nice fat check too. He negotiated the deal earlier this year, and gets paid for staying on with the organization through November.

To sum up, they start an organization to accomplish political goals, get bogged down in fighting over who gets the money from book sales, and Armey walks away with $8M,

Nice work, if you can get it.

The only consolation is that all those billionaires gave all that money and got squat in the election. THAT makes me smile a little.