One of Geico's top advertising voice-over spokesmen has reportedly been fired for verbally attacking Tea Partiers and Freedom Works. The allegations are that Lance Baxter, also known as D.C. Douglas (not the voice of the Gekko), called Freedom Works and left a voice that among other things asks: (see a video below). New video added - hear Baxter's voicemail to Freedom Works. Update 1-4-11: Read a really nice update to this story here.
"what percentage of people are mentally retarded?" (asks this twice)
"what are your going to do if someone starts killing somebody?" In the voicemail messageBaxter asks how Freedom Works will "spin it." He is the voice that claims:
15 min could save you 15% or more on car insurance.Baxter/Douglas' voicemail, which included his phone number can be heard at BigGovernment, which also published Geico's customer service line.
Freedom Works also published the voicemails. Megyn Kelly on Fox America Live reports that Baxter, on his own website, is furious that his privacy has been breached by Freedom Works. Baxter/Douglas has two websites and both are down at the moment. He's getting a little bit of attention. He should love that. Apparently Geico did not. Here's the link to one of his websites and here's the second.
Freedom Works asked their volunteers to call Baxter/Douglas and explain that they are not "mentally retarded." I'm just hearing on Fox that Baxter says what Freedom Works did is "sleazy."
Freedom Works, from their website, says they "recruit, educate, train and mobilize hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom." See the second video below to hear Baxter's voicemail.