Dick Armey

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—Peter Griffin, Family Guy[1]

Richard Keith "Dick" Armey is a former Representative from the 26th Congressional District of Texas, serving as House Majority Leader from 1995 to 2003. He worked closely with Newt Gingrich on the "Contract With America" during the "Republican Revolution" of 1994.

Armey also accidentally[2] featured in a 2009 episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, alongside then-fellow crank congressman Ron Paul.[3]

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After leaving Congress, Armey worked for DLA Piper, a major law firm and lobbying shop.[4] He also chaired Conservative pressure group and astroturfing organization FreedomWorks,[5] which was notoriously responsible for causing organized disruptions of town hall meetings on universal health care.[6]

Termed "the healthcare flap" by Politico[7] (explaining our above chosen headline), Armey was later forced to leave his position at DLA Piper as a result of the obvious conflict of interest, one the one hand, between Armey's clients there — supportive of health care reform as they were — and, on the other hand, FreedomWorks' epic struggle against Obama's socialist death panels.[8]

References[edit]

  1. "Dick Armey", Family Guy wiki
  2. Penn & Teller had tried to get a hold of Democratic representatives Charles RangelWikipedia's W.svg and Nancy PelosiWikipedia's W.svg (also then-House Speaker), but said politicians made the wise career move not to appear on a show called "Bullshit". However, Armey and Paul happily agreed to give impromptu interviews in their stead, the two of them being less squirmy about profanity no strangers to bullshit themselves.
  3. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2223785/?ref_=tt_cl_t11
  4. See the Wikipedia article on Dick Armey#DLA Piper.
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20040725031033/http://www.freedomworks.org/release.php
  6. http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/14/former-congressional-leader-departs-lobbying-firm
  7. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/26128.html#ixzz0OD7Z8WqR
  8. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/02/dick-armey-fighting-obama_n_182279.html