Matt Kibbe at Big Government:
Why would the voice of Geico Insurance (“Save $50 dollars or more…”) attack the staff and followers of FreedomWorks as “mentally retarded?” Does he really think that the good men and women who make up the tea party movement – mothers and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren – are all potential murderers that will inevitably “actually kill someone?”
Better yet, how many of these “mentally retarded” killers opted to save $50 dollars or more on their car insurance.
Last week, the FreedomWorks press department received a voicemail from a man identifying himself as Lance Baxter. This is what Lance has to say:
We called back to verify Lance’s identity. He said he was busy, but thanked us for the call and said he’d call back. When he didn’t, we followed up to make sure his question had been answered:
Lance Baxter (AKA D.C. Douglas) is a noted voiceover actor. When he is not making creepy harassing calls to groups like FreedomWorks, he is the voice at the end of the Geico commercials.
Nick Gillespie at Reason:
Over at Big Government, Freedom Works’ Matt Kibbe has posted a couple of calls involving the voiceover actor who does the bumper announcements for commercials featuring the GEICO gecko*, Lance Baxter, a.k.a. DC Douglass. Baxter called and left a message for the Freedom Works crew, saying he was working on a report about the group and asking how many of them and their followers were “retarded.” And how the group would spin it when one of its followers killed somebody. Freedom Works called back to verify the number and identity of the caller. Something short of hilarity ensues but it’s well worth listening to.
Go to Big Government to listen to the calls.
I haven’t felt this bad since finding out that Clara “Where’s the beef?” Peller was a charter member of PETA (not). Or that Sam Waterston shills for both TD Ameritrade and The Nation.
Tim Cavanaugh at Reason:
Sorry to start out with a correction, but in Reason’s tax day post on the feud between FreedomWorks and Geico spokesvoice Lance Baxter (AKA D.C. Douglas), we wrongly stated that Douglas is the voice of the insurance company’s beloved cockney pitchgecko. As your own ears will tell you if you listen to Douglas’ loopy phone calls with the limited-government advocacy group, Douglas is the voice of the commercials’ outtros, not the voice of Martin the Gecko.
Sometimes you have a headline that makes the rest of the story superfluous, but here’s the background. Actor Lance Baxter, otherwise known as “D.C. Douglas,” currently known as the man who informs you how much Geico can save you on car insurance, left a message last month with FreedomWorks in which he asked the group how many “mentally retarded” people it had on staff and what it would do when a tea partyer “killed someone.” On April 14, FreedomWorks put his voicemail online.
Today, Douglas reports he’s been dropped from Geico’s campaign. His dramatic news release is here; he claims to have been motivated by “the recent gay and racial slurs slung by Tea Party members at Congressman Barney Frank and Representative John Lewis during the Health Care Reform Weekend,” and says he’s “open to any attorneys taking on this case pro bono.”
Greg Pollowitz at National Review:
I guess Geico figured that the voice-over job was so easy, even a caveman could do it.
Tabitha Hale at Redstate:
Who’s right? The bottom line is the GEICO has a brand to protect. If the voice of your company is leaving nasty messages that target a large portion of the population, you have to make a business decision. Good on GEICO for being smart.