Rep. Mark Meadows: The architect of the government shutdown
September 27th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
9 years ago

Rep. Mark Meadows: The architect of the government shutdown

Washington (CNN) - One of the most prominent developers of the plan that could shut the government down is a little-known congressman who has been in office only eight months.

This newly elected tea party aligned lawmaker downplays his position, saying he has relatively little influence. But in reality, his efforts have pushed Washington to the brink.


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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Vote the traitor out!

    September 27, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    It's a long piece, but worth it. Read it. A fascinating insight into the minds of our nation's enemies.

    September 27, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "The House has now voted 42 times on either defunding or repealing all or parts of Obamacare."

    God forbid that the Republican Party ever again is voted complete control of all three legislative branches of government. The havoc they have already inflicted on our fragile economy the past two decades will be child's play compared to the havoc they will WILLINGLY inflict on all Americans should they ever be given uncontrolled power to do so again.

    September 27, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    A Tea Bagger. How novel, and what a surprise. The Tea Party is a threat to America, but what the heck. It's legal to be a member of the Nazi Party here.

    September 27, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. In this case it's the Capitol.
    We have met the enemy and it's the teatards in congress. The new terrorists working against the US.

    September 27, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    It's a long piece, but worth it. Read it. A fascinating insight into the minds of our nation's enemies.
    from the article:

    He underwent a vigorous interview process with the North Carolina-aligned tea party groups that included an intense vetting and interviewing process.

    Jane Bilello, head of the Asheville, North Carolina, tea party group and its separate political action committee, ..... .... Well-funded national tea party-aligned organizations, such Freedom Works, are also watching closely.

    Like Bilello's organization, they hold lawmakers accountable. Not only do they keep scorecards of how lawmakers vote on legislation, they are keeping track of what letters they sign on to and their role in every step of the legislative process.
    Any chance that this Bilello's organization is a 501(c)(4)?

    September 27, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Rep. Mark Meadows = Terrorist

    September 27, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Data Driven


    "Any chance that this Bilello's organization is a 501(c)(4)?"

    Hm, it would help if the article named the organization. (Or did I miss it?) Here's what facebook yields:

    –Asheville Tea Party Dot Org, "Non-Profit Organization"
    –Asheville TeaPAC Dot Org, "Non-Profit Organization"

    Don't know which one Biello's is, but the contacts seem to be one and the same: "jane" and "fremont". Why are there two?

    In any case, the answer to your questions is probably Yes! Biello's probably too smart to put his name on the facebook page.

    September 27, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    @Data Driven: "It's a long piece, but worth it. Read it........................."

    I tried but my anger overcame my reason. "...insight into the minds of our nation's enemies" is putting it mildly.

    September 27, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Impeach this traitor p, throw him in jail and throw away the key.
    I read the whole article and like anonymous I kept getting angrier and angrier the more I read about these traitors.

    September 27, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Winston Smith

    If these forces were being felt from an outside, foreign entity, that source would be classified as hostile, and of terrorist origin. In this country, they call themselves republicans.

    September 27, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |