rest of America gets to know Foster Friess

By Jim Stanford on February 17, 2012

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Move over, Donald Trump, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain and the rest of the cast of the tragicomic reality show that has been the Republican primary.

Rick Santorum’s come-from-behind resurgence has thrust Jackson Hole’s own Foster Friess into the limelight. The financier and philanthropist, Santorum’s main financial backer, has burst onto the national stage, giving interviews to the networks nearly every day.

With his 100-watt smile, ardent faith and forthright honesty about his beliefs, Friess has become a star, outshining perhaps the candidate he supports. Talking bluntly and enthusiastically, the Teton County resident has endeared himself even to the so-called “liberal” media, winning kudos from Chris Matthews and a positive profile on the front page of the New York Times.

Anyone who knows Foster or has been to one of his annual “Robust Rooster” luncheons knows he loves to tell corny jokes. He even told a pretty funny one about Mitt Romney at last week’s conservative convention.

But yesterday, he bombed, as he often does (he is the first to laugh at himself). Only this time the entire country has been listening. On a day when a tone-deaf California congressman convened an all-male hearing on birth control, women especially didn’t find Friess’ remarks funny.

This clip has been replayed hundreds of thousands of times all over the Internet and was featured this morning on NPR. Friess has apologized and last night tried to explain his remarks in an interview with Lawrence O’Donnell. However intended, his suggestion that women can practice birth control by keeping a tab of aspirin between their legs (and hence not have sex) has sparked widespread bewilderment, if not outrage.

The Teton Dems Facebook page immediately lit up with responses. One Jackson woman has called on friends to bring bottles of aspirin to Friess’ office on Snow King Avenue. Occupy Jackson Hole is organizing a protest.

“Do not Foster This Person,” wrote a commenter on Gawker.

Even women who usually do not get involved in politics are riled up. One thing is for certain: Foster not only is propelling Santorum’s campaign; he is working wonders to re-elect President Obama!

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18 Comments so far

  1. js February 17, 2012 11:25 am

    MSNBC spent considerable time analyzing how Friess’ aspirin joke is causing a huge headache for the Santorum campaign: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/16/10427429-chief-santorum-backers-eyebrow-raising-comment-on-contraception

  2. Danno February 17, 2012 4:46 pm

    Ummm nobody watches msnbc

  3. GCA February 17, 2012 7:43 pm

    Ummmm…. “come from behind resurgence”?

    Jim, that’s just beautiful reporting.

  4. Ray February 17, 2012 10:30 pm

    “…he is working wonders to re-elect President Obama”

    I wish you’d keep quiet about that part :)

  5. JFish February 17, 2012 10:59 pm

    wow. If someone really gets that upset about that comment, they really need to find a hobby. Is msnbc still on the air?

  6. Jim S February 18, 2012 7:48 am

    Obviously the man doesn’t have a very good working knowledge of the Kama Sutra!

  7. bigolly February 18, 2012 8:27 am

    In my day, all a financial backer had to do was put an aspirin in his anus to prevent the santorum from leaking out.

  8. andy z February 18, 2012 11:08 am

    “In my day, all a financial backer had to do was put an aspirin in his anus to prevent the santorum from leaking out.”
    brilliant!!!

  9. joe February 18, 2012 2:45 pm

    teton county enlightened politics. ya got to love it. everyone now knows that the evangelics are not as funny as they think, and the environgelics are not as smart(brilliant) as they think. and it took only eight posts.

  10. X Queen February 18, 2012 3:09 pm

    Foster was joking but he was making a valid point. Birth Control is Free. It’s your Free Choice to not have sex.

    If you can’t control yourself, that’s your problem, not the Federal Government’s problem. None should pay for your birth control but you.

    If you can’t afford birth control then do us all a fovor, for God’s sake, please don’t have intercourse. We can’t aford to raise your baby for you. Mistakes happen.

    If you can’t afford birth control and you want to have sex, then get a better job with better pay so you can afford it.

    Enough of the handouts.

    Unlike politicians that tell you what you want to hear, at least Foster doesn’t sugarcoat his opinions and he speaks in an honest and upbeat manner unlike his those here who are full of hate for anyone who shares an opinion or joke they find unpolished.

  11. JFish February 18, 2012 9:01 pm

    Right on Queen

  12. Speaker February 20, 2012 3:03 am

    @X Queen: agreed. And/but we all (Obama) know self control is not the answer. We don’t live in a society of “self control.” We live in a society of “more.”

    And even though it’s incredibly stupid, Obama has placed The Federal Government right where he wants it- in the middle of a conversation about a highly personal matter where government has no business- where battle lines are already drawn- in a position to rally support for a decision that will make no difference in addressing the problem, but wrestle more control into the hands of the fed and cost a LOT of my money.

  13. Daryl L. Hunter February 20, 2012 4:43 pm

    Moral people sure make the amoral left apoplectic easily.

    Jim, no matter how much Obama’s minions try to switch the conversation to social issues, on voting day it will be Obama’s record that people will vote on.

    I am amazed that this whole uproar is over those to cheap to buy a $20 pack of pills and in the course of their incessant quest for free stuff they have pissed off a huge block of democrat voters.

    I would like to thank HHS and the Obama regime for those voters, they will come in handy next November.

  14. dswift February 20, 2012 8:09 pm

    Plenty of evidence here that Fox News keeps people ignorant about how advanced societies actually work.

  15. elsie February 21, 2012 8:46 am

    dswift: Advanced societies? Really? Like who? The Europeans who are financially ruined due to their “advanced” social programs? Or maybe the asians who can’t seem to practice any sexual restraint? The really seems to be working out well in India and China now doesn’t it? It’s an agenda driven education system in this country that is keeping people ignorant about how real societies work. If they’d go back to teaching social studies instead of social justice we might actually avoid the same fate.
    All: Why is everyone so down on Foster Friess? The guy made his money and now he puts his money where his mouth is. He contributes to the causes he believes in. It used to be that that was something to admire. Whether you believe in those causes or not. Note that not only does he contribute heavily towards political causes, he also contributed over 200,000 dollars to St Johns Hospital.

  16. Big Mama February 21, 2012 12:58 pm

    Come on! Really? abstinence? This isn’t 1950 anymore. Pull your heads out of your asses. Of course, there are bigger issues, but when there is no more contraceptives and all these women ‘Practicing abstinence” get pregnant, whos gonna take care of these babies that the mothers can’t afford? I love how all these crusty old men try to control what women do with their bodies. Suck it Freiss

  17. Chad February 21, 2012 1:21 pm

    The Europeans arent financially ruined. Greece does not a continent make. To the contrary, Germany is a fine example of economic growth and innovation…and what we’d call ‘socialist’. Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, the swiss…all higher standards of living, lower infant mortality, greater longevity, smaller debt as % of GDP, etc. etc.

    “Asians cant practice any sexual restraint.” Thats some racist shit right there. I’ll raise you every catholic and mormon family I’ve ever known, and spoiler alert in your language: They’re eyes arent slanty and they dont talk all chingy-changy.

    Regarding being down on Foster and the notion of admiration espoused: Wealth and power aren’t a free pass to say what you want without garnering criticism. I’ll bet you dont feel the same way when George Clooney or Warren Buffet shoot their mouths off to the Left. If you do, stop with the rich-idolizing. They wont be your friend, and you will never join their ranks.

    And to Daryl (classic, btw), the Left LOVES that the conversation has moved to social issues because a) social conservatives dont carry elections, and b) it means the economic argument is losing steam. Judging by the dow dipping its toes in the waters of 13,000+, and unemployment clearly dropping, can you blame the GOP for moving to the social issues? Unfortunately for them “repeal the 20th century” is a platform of rotting supports.

  18. Daryl L. Hunter February 24, 2012 7:20 am

    David, I convinced a dozen dope growing earth first hippies in Humboldt County California to vote for Reagan in 1980 after explaining to them that if Carter got reelected another term no one would have any money to buy their marijuana. It was an easy argument because Carter was such an abysmal failure.

    Personal conversations with my tour guests, doctors, nurses and other citizens from the UK and Canada during the HillaryCare debate in the early 90’s are what convinced me socialized medicine was a looser. 1n 1994 there were two MRIs in Montreal Canada population 5 million; there were two MRIs in Jackson population 9,000.

    President Carter taught me conservatism not Bill O’Reilly. Residents of Britain and Canada that clued me into the caveats of socialized medicine not Shawn Hannity

    It is so boring hearing every conservative opinion blamed on Fox News. That is pretty easy though isn’t it David?

    I too was a social liberal when I found it convenient to kill off my unwanted progeny, but then I let one of them live, and I learned a few lessons.

    Family Values – a journey of discovery By Daryl Hunter
    http://www.greater-yellowstone.com/4-2006/family-values.html

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