The day after Big Sky Tea Party tried to distance itself in the press from the remarks of its former leader Tim Ravndal by removing him as leader, Tea Party members convinced the board to reconsider the decisions, the Helena IR reports:
At a frequently contentious meeting, many of the approximately 30 members in attendence blasted acting board chairman Roger Nummerdor and chairman Jim Walker — absent because he’s hunting in the Crazy Moutains — for stripping Ravndal of his position and membership without giving him a chance to defend himself, and for announcing the move to the press over the Labor Day weekend.
In the end, Nummerdor said the available board members would meet soon to consider reinstating Ravndal’s association membership, although he did not specify a date for that meeting.
There can no longer be any doubt about who these people are, and what they stand for.
And yet the Montana GOP and its legislative candidates continue to be strong supporters of the tea party in Montana. Are we to take their continued solidarity as tacit support for violent bigotry? The silence is deafening.
Even Rehberg, who is facing his first real opponent in a decade and who expressed support for the ousting of Ravndal, remained supportive of the Tea Party overall saying the movement was “bigger than one person”, in spite, apparently, of the membership’s call and the board’s decision to reconsider the Ravndal dismissal.
Here’s the thing Denny. The movement is more than one person, and so is the support for violence against gays.