Dick Armey recently left FreedomWorks, an organization which many saw as the most legitimate of the half dozen or so groups which sought to represent the Tea Party. I have long followed Mr. Armey, and generally like him. This why I am sad to read this report of what happened at the organization.
Basically, it sounds like a split emerged within the group between those who saw their first allegiance to the GOP and those who saw their first allegiance to the Tea Party.
The in-dept explanation of why Armey left FreedomWorks is provided by Mother Jones, not exactly a publication which is friendly to the small government crowd. But with this in mind, I think the report is pretty even handed and worth a read for anyone who is interested in the civil war within the GOP.
(From Mother Jones)
Shortly after receiving the December 12 letter, Kibbe wrote a memo outlining his beef with Armey, Burnley, and Gray. In the document—titled “Republican Insiders Attempt Hostile Takeover of FreedomWorks”—Kibbe accused the three of being shills for the Republican establishment and undercutting the group’s standing as an independent, non-partisan, conservative organization. (FreedomWorks has at times endorsed tea party candidates in primary elections against mainstream or incumbent Republicans, drawing the ire of mainline Republicans.) Kibbe charged that the three men were trying to punish him for defying their effort to steer FreedomWorks into the conventional Republican fold. He contended that the divisive fight within FreedomWorks was not really about his book contract or other organizational matters; it was a grand ideological clash pitting those fully loyal to the tea party cause (such as Kibbe) against backroom, Washington-centric pols attempting to wield their influence to benefit their pals.