FreedomWorks Staffers Follow Armey Out
It seems that FreedomWorks is imploding in the wake of Dick Armey's sudden resignation.
It seems that FreedomWorks is imploding in the wake of Dick Armey’s sudden resignation.
Roll Call (“Top FreedomWorks Staffers Depart in Wake of Armey’s Resignation“):
Several top FreedomWorks staffers are leaving the conservative advocacy group in the wake of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s resignation, the organization confirmed Tuesday.
Max Pappas, the group’s former vice president for public policy and government affairs, has left the organization, and Brendan Steinhauser, director of campaigns, will depart on Friday. Two of his staffers, Amanda Shell and David Spielman, have also resigned.
Armey, who served as FreedomWorks’ co-chairman since 2003, cut ties with the group in a tersely-worded email dated Nov. 30. But The Associated Press reported Tuesday morning that the terms of his resignation were set in September under a confidential contract that would compensate him with $8 million in consulting fees, paid in annual $400,000 installments.
Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks executive vice president, said the group was not party to any such agreement and he said the money was not coming from any of the organization’s legal entities, including its super PAC or nonprofits. The contract was negotiated by FreedomWorks board member Richard J. Stephenson, the founder and chairman of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, according to The Associated Press.
I haven’t the foggiest what’s behind this but would be dollars to doughnuts that loyalty to Armey isn’t the driver here. That is: Whatever drove Armey out, not Armey’s leaving itself, has destroyed FreedomWorks,