Jamie Radtke Demands Apology from RedState’s Erick Erickson For Scurrilous Accusations

Yesterday, on the front page of Redstate.com, Erick Erickson lashed out at tea party candidate Jamie Radtke calling her a rambling drunk. This came after Politico published a piece on Erickson’s curious relationship with the George Allen camp.

Today Patrick McSweeney, legal counsel for Radtke wrote Erick Erickson a letter demanding a retraction.

Patrick M. McSweeney
Attorney at Law

August 25, 2011
Mr. Erick Erickson

Dear Mr. Erickson:

On behalf of Jamie Radtke, I am sending this letter demanding your immediate and prominent retraction of your August 24, 2011, posting on RedState and your August 25, 2011 Morning Briefing in which you repeat statements of certain unnamed persons who attended the August 13th dinner at the RedState Gathering in Charleston, South Carolina at which Ms. Radtke spoke. One of the statements in your posting claimed that Ms. Radtke “gets drunk, and gets so embarrassing that I have to duck away….” Another statement that you repeated charged: “She was a drunk, rambling idiot that took 30 minutes to introduce a director who himself was confused.” Those statements are false. You plainly repeated the statements quoted above without regard to their accuracy.

There are other false and defamatory statements in your posting that I need not specify here. They reinforce the conclusion that you made no effort to verify the accuracy of the content of your postings.

If you wish to contact me by telephone, I can be reached at (804) 937-0895.

Very truly yours,
Patrick M. McSweeney

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  • Ripped

    It’s getting to the point you can’t tell the right wing loons from the left wing loons.

  • Ginger

    Please watch this sad story. Sad… sad…sad On the good side “power in numbers” is so true!


  • Here’s a link.

    It should give you some insight on “Ban Central Station” and a much more pressing problem that this mess at “Ban Central Station” has exacerbated.

    Picking At Scabs On The Ship Of Fools.

    Many MANY comments there, including a large one by lil’ ol’ me about 2/3 of the way down the comments list.

    Kenny Solomon
    Israel Survival Updates
    The American Survival Guide

    PS….. I didn’t get “Krakened” from “Ban Central Station”, I left on my own.

  • anozira

    well that just shows you if the left starts losing they start the name calling. par for the course i guess…

  • Ginger
  • Multitude

    “In other words, truth is a defense.”

  • thebronze

    And this means “what” to me?

  • #7 thebronze

    It means we’re about as far-splintered as conservatives/patriots as a supposed cohesive unit can become…… and can easily lose the nation and much much more because of it.

    Please take a look at the link above in my first comment and you’ll understand where this is coming from.

    Yes, it’s that serious.

    Kenny Solomon
    Israel Survival Updates
    The American Survival Guide

  • I don’t know if she drinks or not, but I do know that she has endorsed some bad candidates. http://912member.blogspot.com/2011/08/is-senate-candidate-jaime-radtke-just.html

  • John H Dorge

    Anozira – did you just refer to Erick Erickson as a member of the “left”?

  • olm

    #8 I read the link. It is getting really ugly. And really stupid.
    I have thought for some time that watching is the thing to do right now, not participate.
    I really don’t get what this Radtke situation is about but I also don’t care. The only way that we are going to get good quality candidates is state the facts and let the rest shake out.
    I personally am disgusted by the slamming the the bloggers who dare to elaborate on Perry’s record. I hope because of this that Perry’s star burns out quicky, but we’ll see.

  • Wait, so: some person gives a rambling, sounds-like-she’s-drunk “speech”, and someone else references that speech by quoting others – in attendance – who described said speech. In response, said speech-giver doesn’t attempt to explain her rambling, sounds-like-she’s-drunk performance, and instead lawyers-up?

    Good luck with that defamation charge, Ms. Radtke.


    Someone Who Is Tired Of Giving Un-Vetted Candidates a Free Pass Simply Because They Claim the TEA Party Mantle.

  • moron

    I’m not familiar with Radtke, but the picture above goes with the given description.

  • Susan

    Good, time the “good old boys corrupt bastard’s club” running Republican Party- from Redstate to Rove and everywhere in between-start facing the consequences of their dispicable ways.

  • RedBeard

    Kenny, thanks for your comments, and the link as well. I agree fully. This is getting dangerous.

    I, too, left “over there” on my own accord, some time ago. This was in reaction to some very juvenile petulance on the part of at least one of the blog administrators, causing me to think that my time formerly spent there would be better spent elsewhere (like at work, trying to keep afloat in the Great Obameconomy).

    We conservatives have simply got to stop eating our own, if we are to have any hope of displacing the current Malfeaser-in-Chief.


    don’t hold your breath…fuk tard socialists don’t apologize for anything

  • Mark1957

    As a resident of VA. 11th congressional district I have many concerns about Mrs. Radtke. First of all I must sat that as a tea party supporter we are better served by only running candidates in the primaries other wise all we do is split off enough votes to allow the Demonrat to win. That is what happened here in the 2010 elections where a libertaian party and conservative party candidates pulled off about 2% of the vote each, allowing uber-liberal Gerry Connolly to win re-election by less than 500 votes. Third Parties are a nonstarter.

    As for Mrs. Radtke, any candidate that is endorsed by the Washington Post I am going to be VERY suspicious of. George Allen was a good Senator & Governor, and is the only one who will beat Tim Kaine.

  • PhilipJames

    This story is very simple. Erick Erickson supported Radtke when she started running a while back…. because she is Conservative and a former Tea Party leader supported by the Tea Party. Then his bosses told him to lay off because they know and like George Allen and want him to win the primary. Erick told Radtke exactly that and stopped supporting her.
    Radtke let people know that Erick did this and he got peed off that it got out.
    So, in order to make himself look better and to trash her, he posted up a number of anonymous comments on Red State saying that she was drunk and rambled on for almost 30 minutes of incoherent stuff in a speech just before Steve Bannon’s The Undefeated at the Red State get together.
    She got mad and had her lawyer threaten Erick with a law suit unless he retracted those lies.

    The simple thing to learn from this is that Red State supports certain candidates over others and they are mostly Establishment types and that Erick was willing to falsely trash a Conservative candidate to make himself look better. Simple.

  • Patty

    Are there videos and proof two the affect.

    I can’t imagine Red State doing anything like this. Isn’t this a conservative website?

  • Tempest in a Teapot. The contest that matters is Radtke v. Allen. I’m leaning Allen because his resurrection so soon after 2006’s coordinated ‘macaca’ smear would strike a mortal blow to the cancer known as Political Correctness. For this reason, the ambitious Ms. Radtke can find another way to serve the republic, as far as I’m concerned.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • Art Chance

    Once again Erick and Leon as well as the Tea Party get trouble for trying to prop up a “grass roots” or “Tea Party” candidate that isn’t ready for prime time. They did the same thing with Joe Miller here in Alaska when people were trying to tell them he was a whack job who’d never survive any opposition research. I quit RedState over that with a diary explaining why. Then Erick’s puppy Leon had to make a big show of banning me over it.

    Miller was nothing more than Sarah Palin’s proxy in her never-ending war against all things Murkowski since Frank didn’t appoint her to his Senate seat when he was elected Governor. Hopefully, Alaska has seen the last of both Miller and Palin and maybe the Tea Party types will make some contact with locals before they start propping up whack jobs who can say “constitution” like a NASCAR driver gets his sponsors in.

  • olm

    Bottom line is that the words”Tea Party” can not and should not make a candidate, they all have to be vetted, but without smears.
    I like George Allen, always have and know nothing about this woman. Redstate smearing her is the problem and indicative of the larger problem.
    /Hell if she is a drunk she’ll get Dem votes and probably win/sarc
    The point is, I think, vet without smears. The Dems will do all the smearing we can handle.

  • mamagriz68

    #12 – I agree 100%.

  • Speaking Clearly

    Erick Erickson’s Red State site is a freaking bore.

    They ramble all over the place with no direction….and don’t seem to coordinate their stories with the rest of the top conservatives sites.

    Hot Air is okay….alot of talent over there….but again…it bores me too much to read anymore. Maybe it’s their webpage layout.

    Gateway Pundit, Drudge, Breitbart, and The Blaze, for me.

    I agree that it will be important to weed out false Tea Party candidates, for the upcoming 2012 elections.

  • catwoman368

    #3 Kenny Solomon thank you for the website I added it to my favorites. Our nation is in peril amd we have some good decent candidates, but many want perfection and there is no one that is perfect. I like the statement, picking at scabs. For disclosure I am supporting Rick Perry, but the republican candidate that gets the nominee has my vote. Anyone that sits home on election day cause their choice didn’t get the nomination is just acting like a spoiled brat. Our nation cannot stand four more years of obama. Thank you again, the article was right on .

  • @#18 I see you’ve swallowed the Dan Riehl smear-job hook, line, and sinker. This is nothing more than his use of Jamie Radtke as a vehicle to push his personal vendetta against Erick Erickson.

    With all due respect to Dan Riehl (and I don’t know how much – or little – that actually is), I’ll take the word of Leon Wolf and Moe Lane over his, any and every time.

    My personal opinion is that the conservative grassroots should ignore the whole fiasco, and not let it fester into something it doesn’t need to become. Let the voters of VA decide whom their nominee will be; I’m pretty sure the rest of us have our own primaries to start worrying about.

  • eva294

    @PhillipJames. You obviously do not read RedState but read sites ABOUT RedState.
    Erik Erickson has continually supported some of the most conservative candidates against
    establishment candidates.
    EE let Radtke introduce a speaker despite a time contraint. She went on a rambling speech
    introducing the speaker. EE didn’t have to let her speak at all. So I think he was fair. Whether
    it was prudent to post other people’s comments about her rambling is another matter.
    Probably not the wisest or kindest thing to do.

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  • AuntieMadder

    @ #3 Kenny Solomon: A link, please, to your new home on the ‘Net.

    Fwiw, I never could read for long at RS; too many subjects are taboo there.

  • PhilipJames

    eva294 I have read Red State for several years now. Yes, I know they support Conservatives. And, I don’t really know who is the better candidate – Allen or Radtke. It does not matter. It is the way this went down.
    Erick chose to trash Radtke by posting up a number of anonymous comments that she was drunk and made a fool of herself for 30 minutes at the Red State get together. He basically trashed her using what turn out to be false accusations on one of the more highly visible Conservative sites. WTF is going on? Why do that? Allen is leading Radtke by a lot… looks like he will defeat her. So what was the point of trashing another Conservative with lies?

    You know why…. because Erick wanted to make himself look good and her bad. He flip flopped on his support to keep his job. Okay. Fine. He admitted it. If he would have stopped there, then we would just know that Red State supported Allen now.

    But he chose to go to the next level and for no other reason than to make himself look better by posting up false “drunk” stuff. And you know why it is false? Because there were approx. 400 people there and NO ONE has any video of this drunken speech. And you know why? Because Erick is being threatened with a law suit and he has backtracked and tried to retract all those “drunken” slurs and smears.

    I don’t give a crap if he and Riehl etc. don’t like each other. That has nothing to do with the basic problem.

    I am peed off he did the smear thing on another Conservative. If he want to smear Democrats… go for it. But smearing another Conservative for his own personal ego or narcissistic gratification is inexcusable. How do we defeat Obama by doing that?

  • akw

    Conservatives had better KNOCK IT OFF!

    We need another 2010, not a 2006 or 2008, and the ONLY way to do that is to stop the political infighting and slash and burn crap.

    Promote your favorite candidates and quit the back-biting, egotistical garbage, or you’re going to burn a lot of people out before the next election while feeding Democrats ammunition to attack us with.

  • RedBeard

    Ditto to akw @ #31. Well said.

  • Holtz

    Erik Erickson has joined Karl Rove, who has gone off the deep end into irrelevancy, both being the yesterday men of Bellway establishment RINO elite.

  • Zippy

    I quit reading RS about a year ago. EE is so full of himself it’s just sickening reading his stuff. He’s the “right’s” version of Thought Police. I don’t care if he espouses certain conservative principals–he misses the point of this country when he wont allow open discussion from all points of view. Done with him. Period.

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