A mysterious website has popped up attacking Dick Armey, the head of a Tea Party group that has vowed to oust Orrin Hatch in 2012.
The Daily Caller says the site, WhoisDickArmey.com, launched Friday and featured an all-out broadside against the FreedomWorks leader.
The attack website suggests Armey is hypocritical for targeting Hatch; it levels charges like “Dick Armey Isn’t a Real Conservative on Immigration” and “Dick Armey Isn’t a Real Conservative on Lobbying Ethics.”
Evelyn Call, a spokeswoman for Hatch’s campaign, told TheDC they aren’t behind the website and don’t know who is.
“No one from our staff has anything to do with it,” she said.
But a recent Washington Post article reported that the Hatch campaign is prepared to call out national conservative organizations that are opposing his re-election.
“Hatch’s campaign says it is prepared to make the 2012 race about not just Hatch, but about [Club for Growth president Chris] Chocola and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who now heads the tea party group Freedomworks … The Hatch people believe both men have vulnerabilities in their records that can be exploited,” the story noted.
Those behind the “WhoisDickArmey.com” website make it clear that they are targeting Armey because of his group’s opposition to Hatch.
“Dick Armey and FreedomWorks want to ‘retire’ Orrin Hatch and replace him in the U.S. Senate with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a relatively untested and much younger Republican who has served in the House of Representatives for less than three years,” the website states. “When did anyone appoint Armey the Senate’s kingmaker?”
The website was registered through an organization that allows groups to remain anonymous. A spokesperson for FreedomWorks tells the Daily Caller that it is "highly unlikely" that Hatch's campaign is not behind the website.