In the District of Criminals, we have swamp creatures.
These foul things have been around for years, have entitlement syndrome, and feel the world revolves around them.
They seek to use taxpayer money for their own projects, or their own gain.
Here in Montana, we have the same foul creatures.
You can see this quite clearly in the recent news stories about two former Democratic chairmen challenging the signatures that the Green Party collected to get on the ballot.
We of course all know why this challenge is happening – Democrats are shaking at the knees that Tester might lose his Senate race.
If that happened, the unofficial head of the Montana Democratic Party – and the man that makes the decisions and decides who rises and falls – would be done, forevermore.
What would the Democratic hanger’s-on do if their leader suddenly fell?
They’d have to pick up the pieces, and those pieces might not go back together the way the Dems want.
For instance, progressives might have a larger voice…or even conservatives.
Now, what we know is that these two swamp creatures are named Jim Larson and Don Judge.
We’ll get to those two swamp rats in a moment.
First of all, no one honestly believes this effort will go anywhere. Yes: Dems will have to win this fall on their own merits, not because a third-party is taking votes away from the Republican.
Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton “believes the effort will fail.”
I agree with him 100%. The greens got 2,000 more signatures than they needed, and in more House Districts than they needed.
Dems know this, but then Dems are the Party of rolling on the floor, kicking and screaming and acting like children.
Yep, they’re scared.
The head of the Montana Green Party said she was “flattered,” for “the Democratic Party thinks we’re such a threat.”
She adds that she’s disappointed, for a Party like the Dems “should want more participation by voters, not less.”
That’s an interesting aspect to this story – Democrats trying to keep people away from the ballot box.
This is nothing new.
It was just about two years ago that we got reports about Indians not being able to vote in Montana…a group that typically votes Democrat.
The stories can be traced back to the 2014 Election, when the Northern Cheyenne Tribe “met with Montana Democratic Party leadership” to ask “for support from Democrats for satellite registration and voting offices on reservations.”
Dems did nothing, aside from having then-SoS, Linda McCulloch arguing “she can’t order the offices opened.”
Indeed, it was the Montana Democratic Party that “led the charge against the lawsuit” put forth by the Montana Indians so they could have an easier time voting.
Democrats did not care.
Another interesting aspect to this story is the Corey Stapleton aspect.
You might remember how last summer, Stapleton accused Missoula County of engaging in voter fraud because “one mail ballot was cast in Missoula with a signature that did not belong to the voter who was issued the ballot.”
For comparison, the Green Party recently put in 7,386 signatures, ”well past the minimum 5,000 needed.”
At the times, both Montana Dems and those in Missoula County cried foul over this, saying the GOP-Stapleton was letting political motivations guide his thinking.
“I absolutely think there is some political posturing going on with this incident,” Missoula County Elections Administrator, Rebeca Connors, said at the time.
By November, Stapleton was saying that there was no voter fraud.
At the time of these stories, Montana Democrats were very angry, saying these inquests were politically motivated.
Now we see the Montana Democrats engaging in the same kind of ‘analyzing of the signatures’ that they so decried Stapleton for.
This is hypocritical, but I think that’s what we’ve come to expect from our two major political parties.
So who are these swamp creatures in Montana?
The first one is Jim Larson.
He was first elected chairman of the Montana Democratic Party in 2013. Before that he was a UPS worker in Billings.
In August 2015, Larson was reelected as chairman, something I told you about.
During his acceptance speech, Larson said that “we will continue to be a state that stands up for working families.” He added that the Montana Democrats would soon be reaching “every person, from Westby to Libby, and we will win!”
About 14 months later, Montana Democrats lost the U.S. House race (again), as well as 5 of 6 statewide offices. It was the Party’s worst showing in nearly a century.
And then you might remember the comment that appeared on MT Cowgirl a month before Larson was reelected:
How has Larson done a good job?
He lost a senate seat Dems have held basically forever. He risked MDP’s tax exempt status with his illegal fraud concerning the endorsement of John Lewis (who was overwhelming rejected by the voters for good reason).
Dems underperformed in legislative races during the key first cycle after redistricting. Candidate recruitment in 2016 is a complete disaster, with no viable candidates running against either statewide Republican incumbent running for reelection.
There’s no excitement for MDP, it’s just a smaller and smaller group of corrupt stooges plundering the grassroots for profit.
Jim Larson has been a disaster as MDP Chair. His overwhelming corruption is why fewer and fewer voters identify as Democrats.
There needs to be serious reform of the MDP, which begins by throwing out the bums who illegally bossed the 2014 primary. The culture of corruption under Jim Larson needs to end.
Throw the bum out!
In August 2017, Jim Larson was replaced by Mary Sexton. As you can tell from yesterday’s report however, this Democratic swamp rat is still on the periphery of things, looking to see what he can sink his teeth into next.
The other Democratic swamp rat mixed up in this ploy is Don Judge, the former executive secretary of the Montana AFL-CIO. The labor union represents 8.2% of Montana’s workforce.
I’ve reported before how highly these labor executives view their members: compensation for the 11 million AFL-CIO union workers comes to an average of $170.55 a year for each member, while the 189,000 union officers and staff members collect $6,024 a year for each member.
Don Judge is a swamp rat that likes this unfair system, and wants to keep it going.
In conclusion, I believe this effort by these Democratic swamp rats will fail.
I plan on voting for the Green in the Tester race, and I hope Tester loses.
I’ve been saying this for years – we all know the MT Dems will never change until you change the people at the top.
Getting rid of swamp rat Tester is critical in this regard.
Will Dems get their members to turnout enough to save Jon’s ass?
I don’t think so – they’re never able to do this in the areas where it matters.
At the more local level, Green Party members will threaten Dems, and could cost one or two their seats.
It’ll just be more stumbling for a Democratic Party that’s done little over the past few decades in this state.