Daily Archives: December 26, 2012

The Young Turks: Dick Armey’s Armed Tea Party Coup

"The day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall. 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."* Dick Armey lead an armed coup of Freedomworks, a Tea Party organization. The only thing is, he had never run the group before, and was poised to run it into the ground. Cenk Uygur breaks down this very strange story of Tea Party infighting, and how it finally got resolved. (Hint: it involves a lot of money)

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