Dick Armey Quits Tea Party Group

    WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 15:  Conservative FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey addresses a health care reform protest on December 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators, many bused in from around the country, protested next to the Capitol building hoping to derail Senate health care legislation.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dick Armey

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    A major Tea Party is without its dear leader. Dick Armey, the longtime conservative leader and former congressman, resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks Friday, in a split that appears to be less than amicable. FreedomWorks was a key organization in the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, owing much to Armey’s leadership. "The top management team of FreedomWorks was taking a direction I thought was unproductive, and I thought it was time to move on with my life," Armey told Mother Jones. Declining to go into specifics of what caused the rift with the organization he was so instrumental in fostering, Armey only said, "They were matters of principle. It's how you do business as opposed to what you do. But I don't want to be the guy to create problems."

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