Dick Armey: Armey Maneuvers

Armey Maneuvers I: Backward, March!

After House majority leader Dick Armey announced plans to retire from Congress at the end of 2002, his son Denton County judge Scott Armey, trying to capitalize on the family name, ran for his father’s seat but lost the primary runoff.

Armey Maneuvers II: At Sleaze!

Following his son’s loss, Congressman Armey accused the Dallas Morning News of conducting “an outrageous vendetta against me that was focused on my son” because the newspaper had reported that Scott Armey, while serving as a county judge, had, among other things, tried to steer public contracts to his and his father’s political supporters and helped a favorite charity receive $1.3 million in public funds.

Armey Maneuvers III: Charade Rest!

After criticizing the Dallas Morning News for “vicious unprofessionalism,” Dick Armey attempted to slip into a military appropriations bill a provision about media domination in a single market that was carefully worded to apply only to the News‘ parent company, Belo Corporation, with the result that Belo would be required to divest itself of either its Dallas TV station, WFAA, or one of its two daily papers in the Metroplex, the Morning News or the Denton Record-Chronicle.