When actor Lance Baxter, a.k.a. D.C. Douglas, placed an inebriated call to the grassroots libertarian organization FreedomWorks, little did he know it was the beginning of a battle.To be fair, Baxter used some harsh words, calling the followers of Freedomworks "mentally retarded" and asking if the group had a PR plan if one of its followers killed someone. Upon hearing the voicemail message, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe posted it on the website Big Government, along with a note to Tea Party followers to call Geico, Baxter's employer at the time, to "let them know that you, in fact, are not a mentally retarded killer, but that you are now in the market for car insurance."
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