Armey resigns from conservative group FreedomWorks
December 3rd, 2012
10:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Armey resigns from conservative group FreedomWorks

(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."

"Obviously the elections didn't go the way we wanted," Brandon said. "But we are focused on the learning the lessons on what we need to better heading into 2013."

Mother Jones, which first reported the resignation, reported Armey said in an interview that the group's leadership was "taking a direction I thought was unproductive."

"Obviously I was not happy with the election results," he said, according to 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."

CNN was unable to contact Armey for comment.

The group's president, Matt Kibbe, said Armey's contract was scheduled to expire at the end of this year but did not comment further on questions about the departure.

And while Armey was pretty clear on having differences about the management of the organization, officials say FreedomWorks has "never been stronger."

Kibbe pointed to what he described as the group's "amazing year institutionally" and said he was optimistic about the movement's future, despite the election results.

"We took our beating in the election, but you know what, you don't always win," he told CNN, though adding that many of the House Republican gains made in 2010 were protected in 2012–with the exception of Rep. Allen West in Florida and Rep. Joe Walsh in Illinois.

Armey is a former House majority leader who represented Texas in the U.S. House from 1985 to 2002. He co-authored in 2010 the book "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto" with FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe.

He urged publicly for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to enter the presidential race and his group was no fan of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's candidacy.

In an e-mail published by Mother Jones, Armey requests the group remove his endorsement from their materials, give him passwords to social media accounts bearing his name, and "deliver the copy of my official congressional portrait to my home in Texas."

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    At least Armey made out like a bandit with other people's money. Caymans, here we come.

    December 3, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He was forced out because he didn't get enough right wing reactionaries elected to Congress. The teapublicans don't understand that there needs to have some ability to compromise but seemingly refuse to understand that is what lawmakers need to do.

    December 3, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. Squigman

    Big loss. Why he's not in jail, is the real question.

    December 3, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. Thomas

    "Obviously the elections didn't go the way we wanted,"

    "Obviously I was not happy with the election results,"

    "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto"

    "deliver the copy of my official congressional portrait to my home in Texas."

    Dick Armey talks to The Texas Tribune: Armey: ... I've got 34 goats that depend on me daily.

    December 3, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. TEW

    Na na na Na, Na na na Na, Hey hey Hey, Goooood Bye!!!

    December 4, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  6. BeverlyNC

    These extremist Republican PACs need to disappear along with Karl Rove and his dishonest and characterless "values". He should be in prison for treason as the real person who outted CIA agent Valerie Pflame. Bush and Cheney should be in prison for lying to Congress, to the UN, and attacking Iraq – a country that was no threat to the U.S. They should also be handed over to the Hague for war crimes of torture. The nation is no longer going to trust the Republican Party for a very long time. They have lied to us one too many times.

    December 4, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  7. Don

    Hey folks we are going over the cliff either way because raising taxes on "the rich" will scarcely make a dent in the government's financial problems. Raising the tax rates on everybody in the top two percent will not get enough additional tax revenue to run the government for ten days.
    And what will the government do to pay for the other 355 days in the year?

    December 4, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  8. Jj smith

    Freedom works doesn't when you support suppression of women, voter and people who disagree.

    December 4, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Keep digging. There's more to this story than a failed run. These people don't give up that easy with their hatred and lies.

    December 4, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  10. HenryB

    This man highhandedly started this silly and destructive Tea Party movement with the help of some influential money people. A great injustice to our nation. The disappointing this is that this cretin did so well in pulling along some low information people who were angry at our President. What a real shame. And to think this "human" used to be House Majority Leader.

    December 4, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  11. ppppuuuuuu

    i wouldnt want to be associated with the wackos either!

    December 4, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  12. jdun

    What I remember most about Dick Armey was his relentless effort to destroy any program that came out of the New Deal. I remember on one occasion referring to a vote as the most important since 1933. We were headed back to the 20's until Obama got elected, saving us from another Great Depression.

    December 4, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    With CNN, being a propagandist network of the Democratic Party, that lies to the public, as well as NBC and ABC, the public sees nothing but lies and deceit in the media. That allows dictators like Obama to have their way with the people.

    America is done, because the people are too stupid to see the truth.

    December 4, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  14. One L

    Gee, you're just figuring that out NOW???

    December 4, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Enough your fiscal policy GOP idiots–wipe your nose and eyes–first American black president and next American Woman president. We love you HILLARY--of course our buddy Billy too with chelsey and her hubby.

    December 4, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. jim

    Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh! It's just not fair!

    December 4, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  17. mssweetie101

    I think the headline on the home page should read Armey quits post, not pot. 😉

    December 4, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  18. charles bowen

    Dick is a one man freak show no wonder the Tea Party is so pathetic........Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    December 4, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  19. CrazyBee


    December 4, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |