Foster Friess has a long history of controversies. Most recently a statement he made Wednesday has been interpreted as a form of threat against President Barack Obama. Here's a run-down of the major Republican donor's history of controversy:
1. Obama bulletproof comments: The deep-pocketed donor got in hot water most recently on Wednesday, when he said the following during an interview on Fox Business News: There are a lot of things that haven't been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other. Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bulletproof.
The comments, which were not a direct threat per se, still shocked politicos across the nation, who were shocked to hear the top Rick Santorum super-PAC contributor use gun imagery in reference to the president. Moments after the statement, he backtracked, adding that he probably shouldn't have said that. But the damage was already done, and the words by Foster Friess brought to mind the crosshairs map Sarah Palin was taken to task for after U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a politically-motivated gunman on Jan. 8, 2011, in Tuscon, Arizona.
2. Contraceptive discussion: Foster Friess was in hot water earlier this year after he made comments on MSNBC while speaking with Andrea Mitchell. He was discussing how he thought the debate over contraception was ridiculous, then made an embarrassing statement that he had to later apologize for, calling it a joke.
Here's that choice commentary from Foster Friess: This contraceptive thing, my gosh it's such [sic] inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly. The comments came right after this other odd statement: We have jihadist camps being set up in Latin America, which Rick has been warning about and people seem to be so preoccupied with sex -- I think it says something about our culture. We maybe need a massive therapy session so we can concentrate on what the real issues are.
3. His undying love for Santorum: Foster Friess appears to have undying support for Rick Santorum, and though his campaign is basically dead in the water, Friess said on April 6 that Santorum still had the best chance of beating Obama in the presidential election. He's got a commitment to do what he can for the country, and he's gonna let the Lord work out the details, he said that day on Fox Business News.
He added the following: Rick will be faithful and do what he needs to do ... But I think if we just compare Rick Santorum to Romney, Mitt Romney, and just put pluses and minuses down in the column, then remove the names, he still has a lot of advantages why he can beat Obama, and that's the final poll we care about, and I think more voters care about.
The host of the show pointed out major polls showing how bad the chances were for Santorum, but Foster Friess continued to support him both financially and in his words, adding the following: I've enjoyed playing basketball in my career up in school, and if I was down ten points in the fourth quarter, I still showed up in the quarter, and Rick's a very competitive, athletic guy, so I'm gonna let him decide what's best, in his best interest.