Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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Lindsey Graham Likely to Face Several Primary Challengers

Senator Lindsey Graham, who already has one announced challenger in the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary for the United States Senate in businessman Richard Cash, may soon face two more challengers. Jul 28, 2013 6:52 PM PT

New York City Chapter of NOW Silent on Latest Weiner Developments

On Thursday, NOW-NYC, which describes itself as "the founding chapter of the National Organization for Women," refused to take a stance on whether disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner should remain in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York. Jul 25, 2013 4:38 PM PT

Obama's DHS Deputy Secretary Nominee at Center of IG Investigation

On Thursday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held hearings on the confirmation of current U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas to become Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. No Republican Senators participated in the hearings. Jul 25, 2013 4:17 PM PT

Former GreenTech Employee: 'We Wasn't Doing Anything'

Two local television stations, NBC affiliates in Richmond, Virginia and Memphis, Tennessee, are reporting the comments of a former GreenTech Automotive production line employee who says that the company's Horn City, Mississippi manufacturing plant produced only 30 electric vehicles during the year and a half he worked there. Most of the time, he says, "we wasn't doing anything." Jul 25, 2013 8:46 AM PT

IRS Chief Counsel's Role in Tea Party Targeting Under Scrutiny

The ongoing scandal involving Internal Revenue Service targeting of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status took a step closer to the White House last week when testimony from retiring IRS tax law specialist Carter Hull before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pointed investigators directly to the agency's Office of Chief Counsel. Jul 24, 2013 12:09 PM PT

Sen. Mark Warner Dragged Into Visa Controversy by McAuliffe Email

Three years ago, according to newly released emails, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe dropped the name of Senator Mark Warren (D-VA) into an email to a DHS official requesting the official's intervention on behalf of the company he chaired at the time, GreenTech Automotive. McAuliffe's use of the Virginia Senator's name may drag the Senator into an unwelcome political controversy. Jul 24, 2013 11:58 AM PT

Feds Investigating Official Who Awarded Visa to Investor in McAuliffe's Company

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security has launched an investigation into U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas. He made a decision to overrule the denial of a visa to an investor in GreenTech Automotive, a company that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe served as chairman of from 2010 to 2012. Jul 23, 2013 12:58 PM PT

Mississippi Has Disbursed Entire $5 Million Loan to McAuliffe's GreenTech

Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager at the Mississippi Development Authority, confirmed in an email to Breitbart News on Monday that the Mississippi state agency responsible for economic development has disbursed $5 million in loan proceeds to the GreenTech Automotive electric vehicle manufacturing project in Tunica County, Mississippi. Jul 22, 2013 8:24 PM PT

McAuliffe Stumbles in First Debate with Cuccinelli

Conservative commentators saw the the event as a big win for Cuccinelli, while the Democratic Party of Virginia and the McAuliffe campaign itself failed to even make the obligatory immediate post-debate claims of victory, according to Shaun Kenney, editor of the influential Bearing Drift, a blog about Virginia politics. Jul 22, 2013 11:23 AM PT

Report: McAuliffe Asked Napolitano To 'Expedite' EB-5 Applications for GreenTech Investors

On Thursday, the Franklin Center for Public Integrity's Watchdog.org reported that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to "expedite adjudication of EB-5 applications of GreenTech investors" in a December 2010 letter. At the time, McAuliffe was chairman of GreenTech Automotive Inc.'s parent corporation, WM GreenTech Automotive. Jul 18, 2013 1:38 PM PT

Exclusive - Whistleblower's Attorney: 'The More Ms. Corey Speaks... the More Causes of Action Will Accrue'

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on July 17, Attorney Wesley White confirmed that he intends to file a whistleblower lawsuit within the next 30 days on behalf of his client, Ben Kruidbos. Kruidbos is the former information technology director for the State Attorney's office who was fired by special prosecutor and Florida State Attorney Angela Corey on Friday. Jul 18, 2013 12:12 PM PT

Wyoming Tea Party Poll Finds Little Enthusiasm for Enzi or Cheney

When several dozen members of the Bighorn Basin Tea Party met Wednesday night in Cody, Wyoming for a regularly scheduled meeting, the results of their straw poll on the 2014 Republican Senate primary between incumbent Senator Mike Enzi and recently announced challenger Liz Cheney surprised few in attendance. Jul 18, 2013 9:57 AM PT

McDonnell Approval Plummets in Latest Virginia Poll

A poll released by left-leaning Public Policy Polling on July 15 shows that the approval rating for Virginia's Republican Governor, Bob McDonnell, has plummeted 12 points in the last month, fallout from a series of scandalous allegations. Jul 16, 2013 12:09 PM PT

McAuliffe 'Founded' Company Long After It Existed

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat candidate for governor in Virginia has made his private sector experience a cornerstone of his campaign. Until recently, he trumpeted his founding of an electric car company, telling a Democrat audience in May, 2011, "I'm a founder of a company called GreenTech Automotive, a very ambitious project. I'm building 5 cars .... we have 3 hybrids and 2 electrics." Jul 15, 2013 3:52 AM PT

Sources: VA GOP to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday About McDonnell

As the political career of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, reels from a series of scandalous allegations, the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to consider their next step, according to multiple sources with knowledge of these matters who spoke with Breitbart News on Saturday. The State Central Committee would not confirm the meeting. Jul 14, 2013 7:02 AM PT

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