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I was so wrapped up in singing Yuletide carols that I missed out on news of a minor coup at Drowning Government, Inc. in DC otherwise known as the national office of FreedomWorks – the have-all-the-government-you-want-as-long-as-it’s-privatized-by-a-corporation jackasses who’ve been aiding in the state by state installation of autocrat governors and orchestrating astroturf resistance to Obamacare. I enjoy calling it a “coup” but to be more accurate, this was a shakedown by Dick Armey. The presence of a gun is being minimized by Armey and his security guy, Beau Singleton. The people being led out of the office didn’t take it as lightly, however.
The event transpired in September, but the news on this just came out.
From Amy Gardner of Washington Post:
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.
“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.’ ”
Here’s the link to the original story. It’s a good 4 pager.