In search of Phoenix Solutions

The mailing address of Phoenix Solutions, a PostNet store in Santa Fe, N.M., on July 2, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Tennessee Journal has ventured deep into New Mexico in search of the elusive political mail vendor believed to be at the center of a federal investigation into three sitting state lawmakers.

The mailing address of Phoenix Solutions is a mailbox store in a strip mall in Santa Fe, located next to a shuttered vape shop. Other businesses in the complex include a Harbor Freight tool store, a Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurant, and a drive-thru coffee shop called Agapao. Felipe’s Tacos is located across the street. There was no sign of the vendor’s purported proprietor, Matthew Phoenix, whom nobody has been able to reach since last year.

The mailing address of Phoenix Solutions, a PostNet store in Santa Fe, N.M., on July 2, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The FBI in January raided the offices of Republican Reps. Glen Casada of Franklin, Robin Smith of Hixson, and Todd Warner of Chapel Hill, along with the home of Cade Cothren, the former chief of staff to Casada when he was House speaker. Investigators have been mum about the reasons for the raid, but speculation has centered on the sudden prominence of Phoenix Solutions starting in early 2020.

The mailing address of Phoenix Solutions, a PostNet store in Santa Fe, N.M., on July 2, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Holt Whitt, the interim chief of staff for Casada and current speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) has obtained a letter from federal prosecutors that he is considered a witness in the case. Suspended after he was questioned in the January raids, Whitt has now been hired as Human Resources adviser in Gov. Bill Lee’s adminstration.

Is Matthew Phoenix out here somewhere? Santa Fe, N.M., on July 2, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

16 Responses to In search of Phoenix Solutions

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    The summer of an odd numbered year and it seems this calls for heating up the ole teapots in order to build tempests therein. Be careful folks, that boiling water smarts if you get some on you.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      In more news, S.I.A. once again tries to downplay sketchy and possibly illegal behavior by elected Republicans.

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        Cryan says:

        And fails miserably. Is he the only Republican-leaning regular commenter who still defends Glen Casada? Casada’s own supermajority Republican caucus removed him as Speaker.

        Stuart’s own party doesn’t take him or Casada seriously anymore. I remember when Heritage scores mattered in a GQP primary. The only thing that matters now is your Trump fealty score.

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    James White says:

    A working vacation, nice.

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    Misty Pardner says:

    Fun fact. Dixieland Strategies address was a Post Net store in Rainbow City Alabama. Faith Family Freedom Fund address was a Post Net store in Knoxville. Just a coincidence I’m sure.

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      Cryan says:

      Yeah, just a coincidence…

      How dumb is the former Speaker of the Tennessee House? PO Boxes and Western Union haven’t been safe for criminal enterprises since the late 1970s. How old is this dude?

      A post office box? Really Casada? Ignorant son of a bitch. I bet his ex-wife thanks God every day since she divorced his sorry ass.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Remember folks, according to the laws of Stuart, this is once again…NO BIG DEAL, just one of those every day republican and conservative political practices. Nobody got hurt so where is the harm? Everyone does it! Stuart jumped on that one quick to spin it in his favor. I believe the FBI may just have more information than ole Stuart and they most certainly have more authority. These conservative excuses are getting so old. Trump is still referring to his downfall as a “Witch Hunt” after 15 felony indictments. And that is just the beginning of a long trail of misdeeds by Stuart’s secrete support group with those magical high scores.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    There is NO WAY you traveled to Santa Fe to research this when you don’t even walk to the corner to research anything else.

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      Cryan says:

      And how much do you pay Erik? Nasty old bitch.

      This is the perfect example of why the Democratic Party is a better political organization than the GQP. Democrats don’t tolerate the crazies like Bernie and Beatrice. They nominate people who can win a general election and drown out the noise from Fox News.

      RepubliKKKans not only embrace their crazies; they nominate them (See Trump).

      Fuck off Beatrice.

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        Beatrice Shaw says:

        Thank you for your kindness

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          Cryan says:

          Kindness? Go back and read your comment about Erik, you dumbass Bernie Bro. You and Stuart were meant for each other, Extremists no one likes.

          At least the Democratic Party hasn’t bent over backwards for you psychos yet. Can’t say the same about the GQP.

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    MARLE says:

    Next year maybe one of our wacky Republicans will do something involving a cruise line operating in the Hawaiian Islands. We can only hope.

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    Cryan says:

    Allen West announced his MAGA endorsed campaign against Governor Greg Abbott.

    Why do we accept Trump won’t run anyone against Bill Lee? Is it just wishful thinking because you secretly don’t like Trump, Stuart?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The GOP candidates are experts at raking in money from politics. They don’t actually care about the position, and they almost never get anything done if elected, but they use the job position to raise and gather large sums of money for themselves. They often make up facts and arguments about how they have been treated so badly and need the public’s help to defend their position, even if they have never publicly stated a “Position.” Trump was the master at this and his family soon took up the mantra. Now, most of the Republicans are raising untold amounts of dark money with no restrictions. The PAC’s are thriving and so are the crooks and thieves. Carry on Stuart, we know it makes you so happy to contribute to these “friends.”

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