A 29-year-old hothead, a Tea Party-boy named Scott Aspenlieder, has announced he’s running for Secretary of State.
He began his campaign by insulting teachers. He declared that Linda McCulloch, the current Secretary of State (SOS), is a “lifelong bureaucrat” and for that reason is not qualified to be SOS. McCulloch is a lifelong teacher, so Aspenlieder has now brought the national GOP war on teachers to Montana, by calling teachers “bureaucrats.”
He also ranted about how the Land Board–which consists of the five state-wide elected officials incuding the SOS, and authorizes projects on state-owned land– needs more “business-minded” members. In fact, McCulloch has voted up, unanimously, all money-making projects that have come before the board, inclusing the Otter Creek project. Presumably she believes, as a teacher, that schools need the funding from these projects.
Aspenlieder also said the SOS office must be “run like a business” and must “do more with less”. In fact, after taking over from Republican Brad Johnson, who looted the SOS office by handing out giant bonuses to his political staff on his last day in office (also his first day in rehab for alcoholism), McCulloch has reduced expenses in her office to the lowest level in history.
Aspenleider then insulted rural communities. He railed on a vote-by-mail proposal that McCulloch voiced support for (she supported it because it would have saved the state two million dollars annually.)
Aspenlieder stated that
“voting is about all these rural communities have left.”
In other words, Alpenlieder thinks rural folk need the diversion thay a trip to the polls provides, since they have nothing else in their lives.
The vote-by-mail proposal is dead, but would have had no negative effect at all on these communities had it gone into law because their central polling places would have remained open. Of course, the reason it is dead is that former Rehberg operatives Jake Eaton and Dustin Frost quietly had it killed, on behalf of their alchoholic do-nothing boss, fearing that a mail ballot system might mean more Democratic votes because Republicans are too stupid to know how to organize a get-out-the-vote effort.
Eaton and Frost, interesingly, have also been hired onto Aspenlieder’s campaign team.
Finally, Aspenlieder says he has no opinion on the way in which elections are conducted in Montana. Which means that he has effectively endorsed Linda Mcculloch, since elections are the main focus of the office of SOS.