According to Armey, Stephenson stepped in with an offer to pay him $400,000 a year over 20 years because he “was concerned I was going to resign [from FreedomWorks] and sue them before the [presidential] election. He didn’t want an uproar. We all understood if I take any action that made it at all public it would be a press nightmare and we didn’t want that before the election.”
“So Dick was saying, ‘You know, Armey, my family and I have heard your story, about how you can’t afford to retire and we want to help with your retirement,’” Armey, who is 72, also said.
As part of the agreement, Armey said he will serve as a consultant to Stephenson. [...]
“I must say the trespass against me was so comprehensive and so eroding of my critical asset — and my critical asset is my relationship with the press,” Armey told ABC News. “I actually had a court case, a case I could have taken and I did consider doing so, but we decided we wanted to try and handle it quietly outside of the press pursuant to the condition was I could not work with these guys anymore. You can’t take people who you indisputably understand to be dishonest and dangerous to the organization in their dishonesty and continue working with them.”
Threatening to go public before an election. Threatening a court case. Threatening employees with armed thugs. That’s nothing $400,000 a year for 20 years can’t fix.
And then you have his claim that you can’t continue working with people who are “dishonest and dangerous” and yet he will remain with FreedomWorks as a consultant for the foreseeable future.
And if he feels they are such a danger to the organization, why is he “leaving” with them in charge? Because all he really wanted was a pay-day and a golden parachute.
These are your Tea Party values and “thinkers” at work. They’re getting paid top dollar to spin their wheels and generate nothing of real value like the much-maligned Wall Street fat cats of yore. Flushing their
shareholders donors’ money down the toilet and then getting paid handsomely to resign.