Blackwater Takes Aim at NC Candidate

Security contractor calls on workers to 'run this goof out of Dodge'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2008 12:01 PM CST
Plainclothes contractors working for Blackwater USA take part in a firefight in the Iraqi city of Najaf in this April file photo. (AP Photo/Gervasio Sanchez, FILE)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A North Carolina congressional hopeful had some harsh words to say about Blackwater in an online forum, and now the security contractor, located in Marshall Adame’s district, is firing back in a big way, reports Mother Jones. “Private Armies represent the very things we despise,” Adame said. In response, a furious Blackwater VP called on employees to “run this goof out of Dodge.”

Adame’s comments struck a nerve because the ex-State Department official discussed seeing unprovoked attacks firsthand. “Would you all mind joining me in reminding Mr. Adame that he is running for office in our backyard,” the VP wrote in an internal company email. Now, Adame is getting “all kinds of hate mail from Blackwater people,” the candidate says.