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"Geico Voice" is Fired For Leaving The Tea Party An Insulting Voicemail - April 21, 2010, 01:45 PM

The voicemail> http://www.freedomworks.org/hosted/MSG02713.WAV

"Need to know the percentage of people that are mentally retarded who are working for FreedomWorks and who are following it"

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Lance Baxter, better known as D.C. Douglas but perhaps best known as the voice of Geico commercials ("15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on your car insurance") has been fired by the insurance company after leaving a voicemail for Tea Party group FreedomWorks.

Douglas asked FreedomWorks in his voicemail what "the percentage of people that are mentally retarded who are working for FreedomWorks and who are following it," or as he has since put it, he "inquired as to their intelligence level."

In the voicemail, Douglas also questions how FreedomWorks will "spin it when one of your members does actually kill somebody, wondering if you've got a PR spinning routine planned for that or are you just gonna take it when it happens."

In the aftermath, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe published a post on the conservative website biggovernment.com, providing readers with a recording of the voicemail -- which included Douglas's personal phone number -- and encouraging people to call both Douglas and Geico to "[l]et them know that you, in fact, are not a mentally retarded killer."

According to a press release from Wednesday, Geico held auditions to replace Douglas the next day.

Douglas has since acknowledged such an impulsive move was "STUPID!," but was impassioned by the "slurs the Tea Party crowd angrily yelled at Barney Frank, et al," during the climax of health care reform.

He also hold no grudge against his former employer, saying in the press release: "I don't blame GEICO for protecting themselves. They have a business to run and can't waste time getting caught up in FreedomWorks' circus. And they've been very good to me in the past."



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April 21, 2010, 01:46 PM

is the geico gecko voice? or the old guy in the ad's?


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is the geico gecko voice? or the old guy in the ad's?
"15 minutes can save you ....." voice.

Dude was caking off those VO royalties everytime those commercials aired. I hope it was worth it.

He should know Warren wants nothing interfering with his $$$



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oh gotcha..


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Free Speech.

Freedomworks seems to be able to exercise the right, and stiffle anyone else that wants to.

Do you want these clowns impeding your rights and making laws... I mean.... Do you want these people running the country spending your tax dollars and making laws??


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Does seem a little ironic that the tea party is going after someone for using their right to free speech. What he said to them on voicemail is not even close to as bad as some of the things that have been said at their protests and rallies.


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Free speech has nothing to do with this. This has a big fat ZERO to do with the first amendment.

The first amendment deals with Congress making laws to suppress free speech (or religion, peaceful assemblies, press).

The government isn't suppressing anyone. He's free to voice his opinion but he's not protected under the constitution for doing so.


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Free Speech.

Freedomworks seems to be able to exercise the right, and stiffle anyone else that wants to.

Do you want these clowns impeding your rights and making laws... I mean.... Do you want these people running the country spending your tax dollars and making laws??
I don't think Freedomworks stifled anyone. According to the article, Freedomworks posted his remarks and Geico fired him.

Moral of the story? If you are going to call a group of people "Retarded" don't do it in any form that is recordable.
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Wow what an idiot.

He calls and leaves his personal info and implicates his employer? Um, "how many retards do they employ at GEICO" I think is the real question. He's acting all proud of what he did but deep down you know he's saying to himself, "Wow why did I do that? That was a pretty dumb thing to do."


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At least one....well...they did.


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