Ricketts Says Obama Attack Plan Rejected
TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts says he will not proceed with a plan to attack President Obama’s association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
TD Ameritrade billionaire and super PAC financier Joe Ricketts has rejected a plan to attack President Barack Obama for his association with the firebrand preacher Jeremiah Wright, according to a spokesman for Ricketts.
Brian Baker, who heads the Ricketts-backed Ending Spending super PAC, called the proposal to tar Obama with Wright-themed ads “an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects.”
“Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative, and an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called ‘Ricketts Plan’ to defeat Mr. Obama that The New York Times wrote about this morning,” Baker said in a statement. “Not only was this plan merely a proposal – one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors – but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take.”