Teaparty leaders foxed out of office?

There seems to be a trend in women leaders being tricked out of office. Palin and Bachmann are clever, but not expert.

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While RNC men seem to thread their way through campaign finance with the help of campaign finance experts, the women seem to leave breadcrumbs leading to their resignations. Palin and Bachmann were able to gather millions for their campaigns; but not the kind of money from donors like the Koch brothers nor Adelson. That may be part of RNC planning.

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While Palin and Bachmann campaigned on 'talking points' that were winning Pinocchio awards and outright lies, that could be acceptable to the 'stupid party' members. However, the international corporate leaders financing Rove could easily tell that they'd be smeared with the dirt being spewed.

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Palin was caught up in RNC spending of $150,000 in expensive clothes for her family, among other technical dispensing.

http://www.citizensforethics.org/legal-filings/entry/fec-complaint-vs-sarah-palin-rnc-for-violating-campaign-finance-law

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Bachmann is under investigation by FEC and FBI for payments during the campaign.

"The original FEC allegations center on the suggestion that Short and others arranged to pay Sorenson $7,500 a month from Short’s company, C&M Strategies, for Sorenson’s work on the Iowa Bachmann campaign.

In an affidavit to the Iowa Senate earlier this month, Sorenson denied being paid directly or indirectly by any “Bachmann entities.” That contradicts an earlier affidavit from Parrish describing an “arrangement” to pay Sorenson through Short’s company. Parrish’s affidavit said Bachmann was aware of the arrangement, but thought it was legal."

http://www.startribune.com/nation/208024111.html?page=2&c=y

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Unfortunately, not knowing reality doesn't let them off the hook.

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I wonder if there are such smart lawyers on the RNC that leave such legal traps in the way of candidates to spring them when they become too much of an embarassment and impediment to legislative leaders. Boehner cleaned several extreme right-wingers from committees this past year.

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  1. deaconjim

    Would you happen to know if they have similar plans for SC Governor Niki Haley? It would be nice to see her go the way of Palin.

    May 30, 2013
  2. livelonger

    There’s always dirty infighting, and S Carolina has the dirtiest fighters. Unfortunately, if you run in that state, you have to get fleas from their lying around.
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    “The claim came from Will Folks, a conservative blogger who previously served as Sanford’s spokesman. Folks said the relationship took place in 2007 when he did communications work for Haley, including writing speeches and news releases. He offered no proof of it and refused to go into any details.
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    “I’m not going to paint pictures,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on the condition his statements would not be published before the allegation was posted on his blog early Monday.
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    Folks pleaded guilty to criminal domestic violence in 2005 and left the Sanford administration around that time. He is now a political consultant and runs FITSNews.com, a conservative site that features occasionally insightful commentary, thinly sourced stories of state political intrigue and photos of women in bikinis.
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    Folks’ allegation comes nearly a year after the governor famously vanished from the state for five days, reappearing from a trip to Argentina to admit to an affair with a woman he later called his “soul mate.” The scandal ended Sanford’s marriage and led to calls for his resignation. He is term-limited and leaves office in January; in years past he had backed Haley’s political aspirations, and his ex-wife campaigned with her earlier this month.
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    Political scientist Neal Thigpen said he thinks most political activists won’t believe Folks, but some tea party supporters could be swayed to support another candidate.
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    “It seems to me the whole thing is designed to stop Rep. Haley’s momentum,” said Thigpen, a Francis Marion University professor. “If it’s Nikki’s word against Will Folks’, I know who I’d believe. … But something like this can do her great damage.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/24/nikki-haley-affair-will-folks_n_587156.html
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    “South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked a campaign adviser to step down after Jewish Democrats called attention to his affiliation to a group that opposes “race-mixing.”
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    The National Jewish Democratic Council drew attention to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s noting that Roan Garcia-Quintana, a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, was also one of 164 members of Haley’s 2014 reelection committee.
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    “There is no place for racially divisive rhetoric in the politics or governance of South Carolina, and Governor Haley has no tolerance for it,” Haley’s campaign manager, Tim Pearson, told the Charleston Post and Courier on Sunday.
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    On its statement of principles, the Council says it opposes “all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called ‘affirmative action’ and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.”
    http://www.stljewishlight.com/news/world/article_ecf8055d-024f-5073-8427-5f81d2a226d6.html

    May 30, 2013
  3. knights68

    I am not sure if I can subscribe to the idea of the women being somehow tricked out of office versus perhaps (my theory) backroom deals and possible part of the “good ol boys network” along with the mainstreamers being involved. I would find it hard to believe Hillary Clinton was Tricked out of the Presidency in favor of the promise of Sec of State (and possibly promises of full backing in 2016). Where some women left or are leaving, many others stay. So whats the real behind-the-scenes VHA story? I’d love to one day find out.

    May 31, 2013
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  5. deaconjim

    I also find it hard to believe Senator Clinton was tricked into bowing out in 2008. I’m sure she saw the inevitable outcome and chose to support the eventual Nominee in order to bring the party together. Any additional campaigning and mud-slinging would only divide the party more and many Clinton supporters would not lend their support to the Obama effort. I wasn’t happy with her decision and it took time for me to decide to cast my vote for Obama. I’m looking forward to her 2016 campaign, should she decide to run. It should be interesting. I see Christie and Rubio as major forces in shaping the Republican party. I think Jindle may be a player also, but his star seems to be fading. At least, I haven’t heard much about him recently. Then again, Palin and Bachmann are hiding in the wings. If either throws her hat in the ring, it will take the hard reporting away from serious contenders, because every reporter will want the latest and greatest sound byte from the two women. Heck, they’re already mercilessly followed and the campaign’s two years away.

    June 03, 2013
    1. livelonger

      The really dirty back-stabbing seems to be within the GOP. The dems are more tactical, with the ‘win’-machine that worked for Obama. I agree that Hillary bowed out for a party win. The GOP candidate-of-the-month technique didn’t work for them. I’ll be glad to see Palin and Bachmann, Beck, and Limbaugh revive to further drive votes away, as Barney and SEC can do here with the misdirection appeal to the imagined ‘stupid majority.’ (Actually the not-so-silent minority.)

      June 03, 2013
  6. livelonger

    There’s a lot more future for them when the heads of the Teaparty aren’t found to by guilty. They can continue on their speaking and book tours for big bucks.

    May 30, 2013