Report: Bitter Tea Party Feud Involved Armed Coup

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    Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), who abruptly resigned as head of Tea Party group FreedomWorks, brought in an assistant with a gun in an apparent coup attempt at the group, according to a report in the Washington Post.

    On Sept. 4, the assistant escorted out Matt Kibbe, president and CEO, and Adam Brandon, the senior vice president, accusing them of ethical misconduct. Others were put on administrative leave, but the Washington Post report says that when they started crying, they got their jobs back.

    The report is the latest account of a breakdown of the influential conservative organization that has financially backed the Tea Party movement.

    Armey, in exchange for resigning, will receive $8 million from the group -- paid out in annual $400,000 installments -- for consulting fees. Mother Jones obtained his departure memo, in which he specified that he wanted his name removed from all of the group's materials and asked them not to use his booklet.

    Kibbe accused Armey of backing traditional Republicans over Tea Party candidates, according to a Mother Jones report. Though the group endorsed Rep. David Schweikert over Rep. Dan Quayle in a GOP member-vs.-member primary in Arizona, C. Boyden Gray, an Armey ally, sent donations to Quayle.

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