Melissa Romano, please drop out of the OPI race.
The reason is simple - you’re unfit to oversee Montana’s school teachers.
Why are you unfit? Because you can’t even oversee the teacher living in your own house: your husband.
Yesterday we learned that Melissa Romano’s husband got busted with four illegal drugs and had just consumed a fifth, marijuana.
These are hardcore drugs, too: LSD, cocaine and meth (the fourth was psychadelic mushrooms).
This is incredibly troubling.
Here’s a woman that got Teacher of the Year last year, and who has spent years around kids.
And yet she goes home each night to a man who’s abusing all manner of drugs...and this doesn’t bother her?
And please...you want me to believe that she didn’t notice?
That’s another issue, for if she didn’t notice the obvious drug abuse that was going on in her own home, what’s she going to miss that’s happening in our schools if she takes them over as OPI head?
And if she did know and turned a cold shoulder, what does that tell us? She’s fine with someone breaking the law and being a terrible role model for kids (her husband was also a teacher) and she’ll make sure that behavior remains hidden?
Are we going to put up with this?
And why is this drug bust that happened in August just coming to us now...over three months later?
Imagine the monumental work the Helena School District, together with the Helena Police Department and the Helena Attorney had to do to cover this up for so long.
Protecting the public interest, or the interests of the Helena establishment’s handpicked candidate for the second statewide cycle in a row?
What a mess, on many different fronts.
At this point, I don’t think it would be a good idea to vote for Melissa Romano for any office.
I do hope she has the decency to drop out of this race.
Melissa and her husband have four kids that are around middle-school-age. Here's a campaign image from two years ago:
The federal mandatory minimum sentence for possession of LSD is 1 year in prison and can be up to 5 years. Currently we know that Romano's husband is working on a plea deal with the Helena prosecutors, and perhaps that will allow him to avoid prison time.
If not, I fail to see how Romano can run a campaign over the next 11 months with her husband in prison and four kids at home.
I just don't think that's possible, even with an outpouring of family support.
And he was caught with meth and coke and shrooms, as well, and the cop smelled pot in the car. If this guy avoids prison, I think it's clear we have double standards for the politically-connected class and the rest of us.
It'll be interesting to see how this story plays out in the coming weeks.