Hacks & Flacks

Jeff Roe—Ted Cruz’s Junkyard Dog

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."[1]

“You can’t miss him. The guy’s big, all gut and jowls, resembling a political cartoonist’s idea of a fat cat, but dressed in jeans and an oversized ‘Cruz 2016’ fleece. He has a thin goatee, a gelled flick of hair, and thick hands often wrapped around an empty soda bottle for catching the spit juice from his beloved Red Man Golden Blend chewing tobacco.”

 This is Jeff Roe, Ted Cruz’s campaign manager, as described by Andy Kroll for The New Republic on Jan. 20, 2016.

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Scott Howell, Master of Character Assassination

A Career of Impugning Patriotism, Pandering to Prejudice

Scott Howell is Fed Up New Yorkers’ Hack of the Month. Howell, who has been at the center of some of the most reprehensible campaigns in the post-Atwater political era, richly deserves a lifetime achievement award. But for the time being at least, we’ll stick with our Hack of the Month format. The “Atwater” to whom we refer is, of course, Lee Atwater, one of Howell’s early mentors and a fellow South Carolinian.

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Unpacking Terry Nelson's Bag of Dirty Tricks

The Unsavory Resume of Jeb Bush's Political Operative

Written for FedUpNewYorkers.org

Whaddya need? Push polls? Race-baiting? Dirty tricks? Terry Nelson is your guy. He has been the political director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign, a senior adviser to John McCain’s Straight Talk America Political Action Committee, director of political operations at the Republican National Committee (RNC) and consultant to countless corporate clients who need a smooth operator to handle their political affairs in Washington. Now, he is Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s go-to-guy.

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