Dick Armey out at Freedom Works
Making a living online means being part of the rumor mill. And a rumor that's been circulating since shortly after the election was that Dick Armey, Chairman of the conservative grass roots organization Freedom Works, was decidedly unhappy about the organizations role in the election and even less pleased with the results.
According to one report, Armey has tendered his resignation.
Former Rep. Dick Armey has stepped down as chairman of FreedomWorks, a conservative organization and dominant force within the tea party movement, it was reported Monday.
Mother Jones reported that the former House majority leader sent a memo to FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe, asking to be paid through the end of the year and that his name be removed from all publications affiliated with the organization.
The split was not amicable, according to the report.
"Obviously I was not happy with the election results," Armey told Mother Jones. "We might've gotten better results if we had gone in a different direction. But it isn't that I got my nose out of line because we should've done better."
As for why he split, he declined to get into specifics. "They were matters of principle. It's how you do business as opposed to what you do. But I don't want to be the guy to create problems," he told Mother Jones.
It's hard to imagine the organization getting someone with Armey's status as a former majority leader of the House. They don't need to do that anyway. The group is big enough now that they will continue to move forward regardless of who the chairman is.