Wednesday evening a Trump official from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development called well-known reporter April Ryan “Miss Piggy” after a short but heated interaction on Twitter.
This is the tweet Patton posted to her personal Twitter account, including a photo of Ryan, a CNN political analyst and the D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks.
Lynne Patton first made headlines last year when she was hired by Secretary Ben Carson to head up one of HUD’s largest regions, encompassing New York and New Jersey. Reports made clear she had no previous relevant experience, but “began working for Trumpâ€™s son Eric in 2009 as the vice president of his foundation and as his primary aide,” The Washington Post reported in August.Â
“She was promoted in 2012 to be the Trump familyâ€™s senior aide and chief of staff, serving as the principal contact between the family members and all corporate partners, heads of stateÂ and high-end donors. Specifically, she worked for the Trump children, Donald Jr., Tiffany, Ivanka and Eric and his wife, Lara.”
Patton’s job at HUD pays $161,900 a year.
36 minutes after posting her attack on Ryan, Patton deleted her tweet and posted this apology, which apparently includes aÂ photo of her speaking at the 2016 RNC convention:
I deleted my last tweet by choice. No one from this Administration contacted me. It was beneath me & I apologize to @AprilDRyan. My parents raised me to respect others & I regret my response. I apologize to them, @SecretaryCarson & the Trump family. They deserved better. pic.twitter.com/MOWkRhOLnN
â€” ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) January 25, 2018
Ironically, Patton’s bio on her official government HUD Twitter account reads: “Working across the aisle to advance smarter policies, less regulation, increased funding, stricter inspections, more preservation & basic common sense in NY/NJ.”
Also ironically, that “working across the aisle” bit isÂ fantasy:
#SchumerShutdown: Today, I am reporting to my federal job in honor of Dominic D. Durden – a 911 dispatcher who was killed by an intoxicated illegal who had been deported multiple times. Everyday I will remind @SenateDems some families are separated forever – not just by borders. pic.twitter.com/Yu0BVF5paA
â€” ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) January 22, 2018
Patton may have deleted her “Miss Piggy” tweet but waited over an hour to delete the ones she posted before it. NCRM had already taken screenshots of them:
But her apology is not being accepted, at least not by many on Twitter. Calls are growing for Patton to resign â€“ or be fired. There’s also a #FIRELynnePatton hashtag.
You realize you have to resign right?
â€” Calvin (@calvinstowell) January 25, 2018
â€” Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 25, 2018
You had no housing experience and you landed into your job because you are a complete Trump cronie and hack. For you to question anyoneâ€™s credentials is pretty freaking amazing.
â€” Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) January 25, 2018
Well don’t worry. I saved it for you… and the inspector general for HUD. pic.twitter.com/gKfA3aFW4d
â€” Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) January 25, 2018
â€” Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) January 25, 2018
You are unfit for public service. The very fact that you would tweet a sexist and likely racist attack on anyone, while working as a Trump appointee, shows that you are at best a child, and at worst a racist, sexist bigot. Apology not accepted. Resign. https://t.co/9itEGVyLWE pic.twitter.com/gZxMb3roAr
â€” John Aravosis (@aravosis) January 25, 2018
Our tax dollars pay your salary. RESIGN!!!!!
â€” Maggie Klaus ðŸ© (@Maggie_Klaus) January 25, 2018
â€” Red Is A Stable Genius (@Redpainter1) January 25, 2018
â€” KaluÅ¡ (@fitserbmomma) January 25, 2018
â€” Andria Walker (@hookwalk) January 25, 2018
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Republicans Boot Only Person With Elections Experience From AZ GOP’s $9 Million ‘Audit’ Fiasco: Report
Republicans once referred to Ken Bennett as the “director” of their widely-panned audit of votes in Maricopa County, but he has reportedly lost his privileges to even enter the building where the fiasco is taking place.
Bennett, who served as Arizona’s Secretary of State and president of the state Senate, was the one person associated with the recount with experience in elections. He was officially listed as the liaison to the state Senate, which paid $150,000 of the $9 million the audit is reportedly costing.
“Questions are mounting about who is in control of the long-running partisan review of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results — the Arizona Senate, which ordered it, or the outside firms that are running it,” The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening. “On Friday, Ken Bennett, the Senate liaison to the audit, was not allowed into the building at the state fairgrounds where the audit is taking place, a day after he shared data with outside critics from an ongoing ballot count.”
“While this work is supposedly being overseen by Senate representatives, many times that oversight is not there,” the newspaper noted. “The Cyber Ninjas have for weeks resisted getting outside checks of the audit, insiders say.”
Reporter Ryan Randazzo explained why the outside review is threatening.
“The data Bennett provided to outside analysts, Larry Moore and Benny White, showed the results of the ongoing machine count of the ballots tracks very closely with the the county’s tally,” the newspaper reported. “If that trend continues, it may call into question the results of Cyber Ninja’s count, because [Senate President Karen] Fann has said that the Cyber Ninjas’ count did not match the county’s.”
The newspaper reported Cyber Ninjas spokesperson said any decision to ban Bennett was made by Fann’s office.
The liaison for the Arizona election audit gave some data to outside experts who want to check the Cyber Ninjas’ work, and then he was locked out of the audit. Also it looks like the ninjas miscounted and the roof on the budget building is leaking https://t.co/hXfeCJ9hZE
— Ryan Randazzo (@utilityreporter) July 24, 2021
New Details Revealed in Florida Republican’s Plot to Disrupt the 2020 Election
New details have been released in the investigation of former Florida State Sen Frank Artiles (R) over his involvement in running “scam” campaigns in an attempt to disrupt the 2020 election.
With his trial expected to begin August 30, prosecutors are firming up their case against the former GOP lawmaker in a political corruption case the Tampa Bay Times reports, “has roped in prominent players across Florida over the last several months, including a GOP-linked research firm in Gainesville, a top not-for-profit Miami hospital network and a veteran Republican operative who leads a Tallahassee-based political organization.”
According to the Miami Herald, new revelations show that Florida political operative Alex Alvarado — linked to Artiles — was funneling money to sham campaign officials in an effort to disrupt key 2020 state Senate elections.
The report notes that “documents released late Friday, provide new details into the breadth of the criminal investigation into Artiles and his longtime acquaintance, Alexis Pedro Rodriguez.”
“Prosecutors say Rodriguez was recruited by Artiles and paid some $44,000 to change his party affiliation from Republican to no party to qualify on the ballot and attempt to sway the outcome of the Miami-Dade Senate District 37 election. GOP candidate Illeana Garcia won the race by 32 votes. Rodriguez, who shared the same surname as the Democratic incumbent, received more than 6,000 votes,” the Herald reports. “Between June 15 and November 15, 2020, Artiles was under contract to work for veteran Republican political operative Pat Bainter for $15,000 a month, court documents show. Bainter paid Artiles $90,000 and reimbursed him for his travel, a courier service and $4,000 for ‘research,’ according to those documents.”
As part of the scam, one woman who was pregnant and desperate for money agreed to take $1,500 to chair a political committee with no plans to have her do any work.
In testimony 25-year-old Hailey DeFilippis, explained to investigators she was listed as the chair of “The Truth, a dark-money-funded political committee that spent $180,000 on political mail advertisements promoting sham candidates in key 2020 state Senate elections — two in Miami-Dade and one in Central Florida.”
She was later paid $2,500 more for the “inconvenience” after reporters called up asking about the group.
“Artiles signed a contract with Bainter on June 9, 2020. The next day, Rodriguez met Artiles at Artiles’ Palmetto Bay residence to fill out campaign forms, according to investigators who noted in an arrest affidavit that Rodriguez had ‘no prior knowledge as to what forms needed to be completed to qualify as a candidate for elected office and relied on Artiles’ instructions.,'” the report adds. “Neither Bainter nor Gardner have responded to phone calls or emails seeking comment since the Herald learned they were served subpoenas. The powerful GOP-linked research firm, based in Gainesville, also served as a general consultant for Republican Senate campaigns during the 2020 election cycle.”
You can read more here.
‘You Falsely Smeared My Wife and She’s Getting Death Threats’: Eric Swalwell Posts Angry Texts With Tucker Carlson
On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) posted screenshots of an angry argument between him and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who wanted to get him on the phone for a call.
“Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats,” said Swalwell, referring to a retracted Fox News story alleging that Swalwell’s campaign funneled money to a business employing his wife. “That’s way out of bounds. She’s a pregnant mom of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.”
“Carlson responded by calling the Democrat a ‘coward’ and then apparently phoning him a few minutes later,” reported Blake Montgomery. “Swalwell tweeted, ‘I’m just not that into you.'”
After years of lying about me and my family, @TuckerCarlson is losing his mind that I won’t return his calls. Sorry, Tucker, I’m just not that into you. Who knows what lie he’ll tell next? #TuckerTantrum pic.twitter.com/vwX7AfwJ1Z
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 23, 2021
Swalwell, the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has long been a target of rage for conservatives. Carlson has also accused Swalwell of aiding a Chinese spy — although experts have made clear that Swalwell in fact properly worked with the FBI to help upon learning the spy had tried to get information from him.
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