(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie's decision to set a special election this year to fill New Jersey's vacant Senate seat wasn't met with open arms Tuesday by a fellow Republican, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead," Armey accused the governor of trying to curry favor with Democrats by not appointing a Republican to the seat until 2014. He'll name an interim senator by next week to serve until the special election.
(CNN) - Dick Armey, the chairman of the conservative tea party-aligned group FreedomWorks, has resigned his post, representatives of the group said on Monday.
Adam Brandon, the group's executive vice president, confirmed to CNN "that he did step down on Friday, and we wish him well."
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich is a one-state wonder who is unlikely to play out as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney sought by some tea party activists, one of the movement's driving forces said Sunday.
“I don’t think Newt will be able to replicate that magic moment in South Carolina,” said Dick Armey, chairman of the conservative grassroots group FreedomWorks, on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(CNN) – Dick Armey, chairman of the conservative grassroots group FreedomWorks, said Tuesday there was still plenty of time for another candidate to jump in the presidential race, pointing to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as a possible contender.
"The person who may very well end up being the Republican Party's nominee may not be on the field at this moment," Armey said on CNN's "Early Start."
(CNN) - Members of the tea party movement are offering their response to the deficit reduction super committee in the form of proposed cuts and a committee hearing Thursday.
Elected officials will join over 200 tea party leaders from across the country for the "Tea Party Debt Commission joint hearing" to discuss spending cuts proposed by conservative activists, according to the grassroots FreedomWorks.
(CNN) - Dick Armey wants Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to run for president.
The chairman of FreedomWorks, a national organization that provides much of the organization behind the tea party movement, tells CNN that "Mitch is exactly the kind of candidate that our folks across the country are looking for."
Washington (CNN) - With the 2010 election's conclusion, conservative grass roots organizations like FreedomWorks are looking toward their next big hurdles– making sure elected officials keep their promises to reduce the deficit and lower taxes and, of course, winning big in the next major election in 2012.
As part of their effort to continue the conservative momentum which led Republicans to an unprecedented 60 seat gain to clinch the majority in the House of Representatives, FreedomWorks, founded by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey, is rolling out a new website aimed at empowering Tea Party-backed groups by providing supporters with the tools to connect with other local groups, find events and engage in discussions.
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) - Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey used a Friday news conference for FreedomWorks, his leading conservative grassroots organization, to speak out against talk of friction between Tea Party members and the Republican Party leadership heading into the next Congress.
"For everybody in the press who thinks they've discovered a conflict, I'm sorry you missed the boat. The conflict is on the other side of the aisle," Armey said at the press conference following a two-day FreedomWorks retreat.
(CNN) - A leading conservative grassroots organization that spent millions of dollars helping elect Tea Party backed candidates in the midterm elections is holding a two day retreat in Baltimore, Maryland Thursday and Friday for many of those soon to be congressional lawmakers.
FreedomWorks says the meetings, at a hotel in downtown Baltimore, will focus on what they call a "Tea Party legislators policy agenda for the 112th Congress."
(CNN) - Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, a leading voice in the Tea Party movement, said Sunday he disagreed with a leading conservative Republican's assessment of how establishment politicians in the Republican Party should regard Tea Party candidates if they're elected to serve in Washington.
Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, a strong voice for conservatives, told the Washington Post in July "as soon as they [Tea Party candidates] get here, we need to co-opt them."
Armey told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" that he felt Lott used "a bad choice of words."
"You were talking about a group of people whose necks stiffen immediately upon hearing that word," Armey said. "These are independent-minded people, they really have no particular appreciation for the performance of either party in the past several years. They want to run for office in order to change that."