Dick Armey Quits FreedomWorks

Former Congressman Dick Armey quit FreedomWorks on November 30.
Armey was one of the top officials at the conservative organization.

The Washington Post reported:

Former congressman Dick Armey has quit FreedomWorks, the conservative group he helped bring to national tea party prominence.

Armey confirms that he wrote a letter to FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe on Nov. 30, resigning from the group, as first reported by Mother Jones. He told the Post that he does not know who leaked his resignation letter.

“We accepted his letter of resignation and we wish him well,” FreedomWorks press secretary Jackie Bodnar said.

“As I resign from all board positions and duties, please see below a list of dispositions on outstanding issues: I expect to be fully compensated through the expiration date (December 31, 2012) of my current consulting contract with FreedomWorks,” he wrote. “Henceforth FreedomWorks shall be prohibited from using my name, image, or signature in any way or for any purpose without my written permission or in the event of my death, without my heirs written permission.”

He asked for his name, image, and signature to be removed from all FreedomWorks materials — “letters, print media, postings, web sites, videos, testimonials, endorsements, fund raising materials, and social media.”

Armey also barred the group from using ”Hitting the Ground Running,” a guide he wrote for House freshmen. Max Pappas, the group’s former vice president for public policy and government affairs, has also left.

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  • Pleasent Peony

    WTF? What’s this guy running from? Somebody certainly has put the fear-of-God into him. Did he hear which FEMA camp Holder was going to place him in?

  • GotFreedom

    This is very discouraging. . .seems that the establishment GOP is cutting any/all ties to conservatives. . .maybe Mr. Armey knows something that we aren’t privy to. . .wish we were though. . .this is bad, when a top conservative calls it quits–WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING TO AMERICA?

  • Redwine

    This is not good.

    “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
    ~ Benjamin Franklin, on the signing of the Declaration of Independence

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    Another brick in the wall….

  • I’ll bet there’s an interesting story behind this one. <_<

  • donh

    It may be good. Hold Matt Kibbe accountable for his decision to go all in on Romney. Dick Army is not a quitter and the divorce does not look amicable. Let Matt Kibbe and Glen Beck chase after the Gary Johnson Ross Perot libertarian voter and may Army go about the serious work of building a new party that represents freedom with honor and credibility.

  • nobama

    Beck backed Santorum then Romney. He never backed Gary Johnson.

  • Daniel Martin

    Victoria Jackson is available.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    In recent months, the group has pushed reporters to speak with Kibbe — an economist from the libertarian wing of the GOP – over Armey.

    “The top management team of FreedomWorks was taking a direction I thought was unproductive, and I thought it was time to move on with my life,” Armey told Mother Jones.


    It would appear that his allegiance to the establishment-controlled Republican Party is a bit stronger than his loyalty to the country.

  • Sasja

    Now let’s not lose our heads. At least not yet anyway. There have been some disagreements within the ranks as when FreedomWorks broke with other conservatives and endorsed Eric Hovde in Wisconsin. I understand Pappas was not pleased. I don’t know Armey’s opinion. However that may be all it is. Not with just this one issue, but with several that pushed Pappas and Armey to resign. We will just have to wait and see.

  • Sasja

    Here are some pics that will take your mind off troubling times.


  • BS61

    I always felt that Armey used the Tea Party, not the other way around.

    But maybe this former Dem is still uninformed!

  • mary

    I’m not in the loop here as far as what is going on, but we don’t need to be headed to a libertarian party. We do need to be united-that is the reason the Left won. I believe we need to vote out all of the old party Senators we can–starting with mine-Saxby Chambliss in Ga, He should have never been up there,

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    …but we don’t need to be headed to a libertarian party.

    What exactly is wrong with having a bit of a libertarian streak? Small-L libertarians tend to have a leave-me-alone, small-government attitude, which is something that honest conservatives can support.

    It certainly beats the nannying liberalism of modern-day Democrats.

  • samspade

    After Army retired from the house didn’t he go on Fox News and state that he was really a Libertarian? A lot of Texas Republicans have a strong streak of Libertarian in them. I think that is why I find them so appealing.

  • Rachel

    Republicans will never be united for one good (bad) reason. We tend to be principled, independent thinkers and do not drink koolaid. That is the advantage Democrats have…they are united because most of them don’t think for themselves (they don’t think, period) and have no concept of the law of unintended consequences. But the disunity is a big disadvantage for Republicans now. Remember how all the “libertarians” in the party refused to vote for Romney? It’s going to stay that way, unfortunately. No one wants to walk away from their principles for the greater good. Sounds noble, but as you can see…we wind up with the worst possible evil that way. And I don’t see that changing. No unless we can come up with another Ronald Reagan…and I don’t see one, do you?

  • Ohio Granny

    When you understand these men, then you will understand that this was inevitable in light of todays reality. Dick Armey is establishment Republican. Read his book. He wants to remake the GOP into a Constitutional government instrument. Matt Kibbee is a libertarian. He was willing to use the GOP on a temporary basis to achieve libertarian principles.

    Today, we are facing a fiscal cliff. The GOP is going to take the blame for it while the POTUS is on another vacation. Obama is setting up Michelle to be his successor so we aren’t facing 4 more years, we are facing 12 more years of Stalinists. There won’t be a ‘next election’ because they have rigged it now so we can never take back the White House. It is the Chicago way.

    I think Dick still believes we can fix the problem from the inside. I don’t think Matt has any hope of that happening. Or visa versa. The coming days will expose who is the revolutionary and who is the pragmatic.

  • mark1973

    Now that Armey has done his job to Help undermine real Tea Party Conservatives for his establishment repub cronies,he can move on to more graft and corruption. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out BleepHead!

  • thatsitivehadenough

    This idea of ‘changing the party from the inside’ is BS. Politically, this country is wrecked. There’s only one way to take it back now.

  • bigL

    Lookimg back at Reagan mow is like the peole of 1980s looking back at Truman. Just saying that there are jsut afew million thatremember REagan now. Iread that 60% of the US pop was born after the Shuttle Challenger blew up. And the schools don’t teach any history before about 1880.

  • mg4us

    #18 granny

    You are so correct that it is scary. . .

    The first and foremost action the TEA PARTY Patriots need to do is to enact VOTER ID Laws to protect the vote and end fraud and illegal voting!

    Unless that is done NOW, You are correct. .Angry Big Mama Moochelle will be the next President

  • Gary Ogletree

    Good riddance. Armey has long been a member of the corript elite. I’ve long had suspicion of Freedom Works solely because Armey was there.

  • CT

    Mitt Romney received several million less votes than John McCain did in 2008 what’s up with that? Were those Paulbot votes? Were they social conservative religious votes? Whatever they were they were they may as well be considered Obama votes. Dick Army is a Conservative, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

  • Buzzy

    #24 CT-

    The Paulbots stayed home in 08, and they are proud to say they stayed home in 12 also. They claim they are standing on their principles. When they see what standing on their principles means over the next 4 years with Obama, they are likely to find out that their plans have backfired completely. I do believe that they refused to vote for Romney to insure that they can have their candidate of choice in 2016, and Romney would have dashed those hopes running as the incumbent. Ron was nothing more than a placeholder, keeping the libertarian message out there, and keeping his organization C4L alive until it was time to run Rand in 2016. Rand is Ron but in a younger version, and he has been smart enough to not make the fiery retarded and moonbat loony comments and remarks that Ron is famous for, such as the 9/11 terrorists were just a bunch of thugs with box cutters, and that we deserved what we got because we have been invading their lands. He said we could protect the US with just a few good submarines. Before Rand ran for his Senate seat, he was out there campaigning for his dad Ron, and agreeing with Ron’s loony ideas. Remember when Rand said that he believed property owner’s should be allowed to serve, or not serve anyone they wanted, including not allowing blacks to dine in their establishments. Read the Daily Paul and you will see some horrendous anti-semitic comments posted there. If you think that Obama has divided the races to a fever pitch, wait until you see what would happen with a Rand Paul if he ever gained power. As much as I hate the liberals/progressives/Marxists, ever time they accuse any and every Republican as being “extreme” the far right libertarians, and the Paulbots come to mind, as they are as extreme as the far left radicals.

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  • BurmaShave

    @ #17 Rachel commented:

    Right on, Rachel; very well put.

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    My take on what’s been happening is as follows:

    The Democrat Leadership has convinced the RINO Leadership (Dick Armey, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, (just like they’d previously gotten to John McCain, Grahamnesty, and others) that they have to come out publicly now and distance themselves from all those despicable Tea Party Conservatives in the Republican Party who are nothing but fiscal radicals and rightwing nutjobs who have been resoundingly rejected by the American people this last election. (Democrats fear them which is why they hate them so passionately).

    So now we’re seeing this same RINO leadership in the House and Senate publicly leaving Conservative groups like Freedomworks, and further trying to consolidate their power by “purging” fiscal conservatives from various committees, etc..

    The problem is that the RINO Leadership have gravitated to a point now which is so far left-of-center that they’d rather believe what the Democrats are telling them about their own people and what they stand for, than believe their own people.

    Personally, I think it’s BECAUSE the RINO Establishment rammed a left-of-center candidate (Romney) down all our throats and who then proceeded to publicly distance himself FROM those same Conservatives and conservative principles, that the election was lost. But we knew that!

    Now, we’re seeing the Democrats conspiring with the RINO Leadership to fracture the Republican Party “for the good of the nation (and for the children!)”. Unfortunately, these RINOs don’t realize that once the party fractures, it’ll be several decades or more before Democrats are defeated again, if ever.

  • I think this should concern everyone more.

    Armey agreed in September to resign from his role as chairman of Washington-based FreedomWorks in exchange for $8 million in consulting fees paid in annual $400,000 installments.

    In other words, Freedom Works is just another political organization wildly spending money.

  • Patty

    When asked by Mother Jones if the election results played a role in Armey’s dissatisfaction with the organization, Armey said, “Obviously I was not happy with the election results,” adding, “We might’ve gotten better results if we had gone in a different direction.


  • #24 December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am
    CT commented:

    Mitt Romney received several million less votes than John McCain did in 2008 what’s up with that?

    That is not correct. As of today, Romney has received over 750,000 more votes than McCain. You are comparing the 2008 certified results to the 2012 election night totals. The 2012 election won’t be fully certified for almost three more weeks.

    Click on my name for the latest numbers.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    …Armey said, “Obviously I was not happy with the election results,” adding, “We might’ve gotten better results if we had gone in a different direction.

    It’s interesting that he didn’t bother to elaborate on what that direction should have been, just to eliminate any doubt as to where he actually stands.

  • L.E. Liesner

    It’s rumored that he got 8Mil to resign. If true, we will know who used who.