Santorum’s right-hand man

By Jim Stanford on January 4, 2012

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Rick Santorum celebrates Iowa showing, backed by Foster Friess.

Here’s Rick Santorum celebrating last night his victory in the Iowa GOP caucus (later revised as an eight-vote win for Mitt Romney).

And who’s that standing behind Santorum on the stage but Jackson Hole financier Foster Friess.

Friess, he of the recent Income Inequality is Good for Everyone blog post, has been a longtime supporter of Santorum, the evangelical former Pennsylvania senator much derided for his remarks about gay sex. Friess organized a fund-raiser for Santorum at Tucker Ranch in 2004 that netted more than $500,000 for his failed re-election bid and charitable foundation.

Friess’ cameo was first noted last night by Joe Milczewski and re-Tweeted by Wyoming Public Radio’s Butter Bob.

Milczewski has held some sad-sack jobs for the Wyoming GOP, including press secretary for Barbara Cubin, but his analysis of the Iowa caucus has been astute. “Iowa is meaningless. Watching Family Guy reruns for the next week will give you just as much insight into who the nominee will be,” he wrote.

The latest infatuation of Republicans seeking Anyone But Mitt, Santorum led the fight in the Senate for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. “I would argue that the future of our country hangs in the balance because the future of marriage hangs in the balance,” he said at the time. “Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?”

That, and his staunch support of the Iraq War and Bush-Cheney administration, promptly got him tossed out by Pennsylvania voters.

Dick Cheney was among the attendees of the 2004 fund-raiser, drawing a protest outside Tucker Ranch. Santorum, whose efforts to mix religion and politics got him dubbed the “Mullah Omar of Pennsylvania,” was upset when negative publicity followed him to Wyoming and complained to his golf caddy, also a journalist, at Teton Pines about local media coverage.

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13 Comments so far

  1. brad January 5, 2012 9:11 am
  2. pete Muldoon January 5, 2012 9:21 am

    Can’t blame him for being there. Someone has to hold the puppet’s strings.

  3. Colleen January 6, 2012 7:17 am

    One can only hope that the American electorate has a much sense as Pennsylvania voters.

    I keep saying that if Jon Huntsman can hang in there long enough, people will notice that he’s the most reasonable occupant of the clown car that is the Republican primary. So I hope that Santorum keeps it up, because none of these clowns should run our country, and he would lose for sure.

  4. js January 6, 2012 10:43 am

    Just back from Iowa, Foster has written another blog post about his exciting time on the campaign trail: http://fosterfriess.com/campfire-blog/2012/01/05/video-santorum-in-iowa-%E2%80%98we-will-win-this-election%E2%80%99/

    He gushes about Santorum as the grandson of a coal miner, but of course neglects the fact that once out of the Senate, Santorum enriched himself from the very corporations his legislation benefited: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/us/politics/after-senate-santorums-beneficiaries-became-benefactors.html?_r=1&hpw Santorum represents everything deplorable about the American political system.

  5. Boat 1 Retired January 6, 2012 12:39 pm

    Though I am not too excited about him turning to the Liberterian Party to get some well deserved exposure – the Grand Old Party pushed him to the side – keep an eye on Gary Johnson – I for one wouldn’t mind having a rock climbing, skier, cyclist and an individual who is not hypocritical about his pot smoking tendencies be our next president.
    http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/

  6. D January 6, 2012 3:29 pm

    Santorum is a nut case. He has NO chance of getting elected. Period. We need a true Fiscal Conservative that realizes that gays, guns, abortions, and pot etc., are not the issues threatening this country.

  7. joe January 8, 2012 10:22 am

    D. do you mean raising the debate to a higher level? no more evangelic or environgelic name calling. having more than than a social media mentality.
    what planet do you live on?

  8. SSDY January 9, 2012 7:09 am

    Same sh.. Different year! Anyone dem or repub- will keep the same lame direction we are headed. Nothing positive with Obama- why expect it to change? Our gov’t is highly corrupt and is out of touch and out of control! We need bigger change than just a face in the oval…..

  9. D January 9, 2012 8:36 am

    @Joe
    Not sure what you are talking about? Debt is the only issue that matters in my book. If we don’t fix it nothing else matters. Mr. “Ear mark” Santorum is not the answer, he is a social conservative crusader. My message to all candidates: Stay out of my life and balance the budget. Ron Paul 2012.

  10. Carson January 9, 2012 1:47 pm

    Does it get any more Republican than complaining to your caddy about media coverage?

  11. joe January 9, 2012 4:01 pm

    Paul has raised the level of debate,for which he deserves more respect, and the wall st. media hates it.
    I still like the Hawaiin who went to Harvard. Can he cowboy up for Main st., or is the deck stacked against him. We’ll see
    At least he has kept Gore’s tribe of Gaia from running amok.
    Going to be an interesting year.
    Possible war with Iran/oil/Israel and the western TBTF banks needing more taxpayer dollars. yippy ki yay
    whats does Pete have to say?

  12. js January 17, 2012 6:20 pm
  13. Christie Koriakin February 16, 2012 9:30 pm

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