Posted: July 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Whitefish Leader to Challenge TEA Party Poster Boy Derek Skees

Good news for democrats today from the Whitefish Pilot.  A Whitefish attorney, city council member, and judge has announced he will run for the Whitefish House seat (HD 4) currently held by TEA party Republican Rep. Derek Skees, (R-Whitefish Kalispell.)

Kudos to Mr. Tom Muri, who has lived in Whitefish for more than 45 years, for stepping up to the plate to better represent the people of Whitefish.  He also has a 20-year military career that includes serving as a judge-advocate officer for the Navy.

The extreme and wacky nature of the 2011 Legislative session is expected to attract other strong candidates to follow Muri’s lead and step up to the plate and run for these seats.

54 comments

  1. Havre Voter

    This guy will cream Skees. He doesn’t even have the backbone to run against this guy. My money says he’ll drop out of this seat and primary one of his fellow Republicans in Kalispell.

  2. Wow

    We gotta’ spread the word about this guy, get him some buzz so he can raise money. Everyone we should put this on our facebook pages and google+ etc.

  3. trust no one

    I think Skees has seen the writing on the wall and realizes he doesn’t stand a chance of being re-elected. That said, Tom Muri is very popular in Whitefish and would thrash Skees in an election.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Steve, are you done already? Saving the planet that is? One table at a time? I TOL’ you, boy, that table dancing just don’t work. You gotta get them hippie chicks to LAP dance! YessirEE! Now THEN you hosers would HAVE sumthin’! A picture of Schweitzer stuffin’ a dollar bill into a hippie chick’s drawers whilst the chick has the guv mesmerized with her irresistible earth momma gyrations charms! Now THAT would get you some press, dude!

      But NOT flea infested, white, dreadlock wearin’, five gallon plastic bucket-thumpin’, slobber drummin’ EFfers being stoopid won’t. You dudes need my creativity! p.s. In the WTFaaaa dept., could you dudes REALLY not afford some REAL drums??? I mean, five gallon plastic buckets?? Sheesh. That’s so DUMPSTERish! That says loser all OVER the place! What?, you dudes REALLY get your musical instruments outta the dumpsters?? Boy! You dudes really ARE into recycling! Good on ya!

      • Mark Tokarski

        Larry, I don’t say this to be insulting, as Cowgirl insists that we can only insult her.

        That precautionary note, I just want to say that when I read comments like the above, I think you are mental.

        No disrespect.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

          Thanks for noticing things, Mark. No offense taken. Mental is good. I can live with that. But PLEASE just don’t call me normal! Then I really do get pissed, for your average Americano is a fat, lazy, hopeless bastard. I am not.

          But you’re right. I get these mental images of what REALLY would be impressive vs. what isn’t. And weirdos banging away on dumpster buckets doesn’t impress anyone. And I think I’m right. For you see, Mark, I know you know this one, “There is NOTHING new unders that sun”. And that is just so right. It’s HARD to be different with all the morons running around out there now days workin’ their asses off at being morons. The EFfers want to cause a ruckus that will make the news, but they’re outclassed by the endless stream of jackasses out there.

          But alas, dumpster bucket ensembles just don’t strike me as weird enough. It’s barely newsworthy. My GRANDKIDS do this all the time!

          Hell, I know it’s a real challenge to do something SO outrageous that your worthy cause rockets to stardom on the national news, but dumpster music just doesn’t do it for me. That has a half life of about half a second.

          So, in all seriousness, Mark, I really DO want the EFfers to be successful. That’s why try to help them. They’re lightweights living in seventies. This is 2011! It’s all been done already! They need to get with the program and REALLY be outrageous. They need a dose of outrageous creativity! So far, I haven’t seen it. Re-runs of the sixties are NOT all that interesting any more.

          All I do is give them the benefit of my wisdom gained through sixty years of raising hell. Yes, to some that might be viewed as mental. But to me, it’s the LEAST I can do for the young folks! I feel I have a duty.

      • Mark Tokarski

        Telling a guy with a fake name that is comments are “riveting” is an insult? And then having the guy with the fake name saying he is real is not high comedy?

        Cowgirl, I think even you are fake. If not, there would at some time or another be some insight in your writing. But all I see is rote hack politics, as if it is passing through committee before appearing on-blog. This is a boiler room operation.

        • jack ruby

          The insult is that the commenters here are all fake multiple personalities of democratic party hacks. This is not true. I am not associated with the democratic party for one although I don’t deny being hacky.

          • Mark Tokarski

            How is one to know that Steve is not right? Since we don’t know, have no way of knowing, it is not an “insult”, but rather an open question.

      • Steve T.

        What can I say, Cowgir(s) – I was bored.

        Having said that, I stand by my observation: At least half of your commenters here are fake – and the percentage is higher at the beginning of posts, as you’re trying to gin up both interest and hits.

        And if I can insult you, I might as well mention that you’re a mindless party hack. Just cause it’s fun. :-)

    • Ilikewoods

      Wow Steve T, Are you saying I am someone else???? Cause I’ll tell you I am a real Liberal Comment person on this blog…. not fake like you GOP are use too putting up on other red sites! Anytime you come to Dillon I will be sure to introduce myself. Even Skees Knows I am real… Gotta say I am glad to see the beginning of the end…. of his political career!

  4. WFLocal

    Kudos to Tom… he will do a fine job. But to be fair… my dog could kick Skeez’ ass in the next election. He hasn’t done one thing for the city of Whitefish… except embarrass us…

    • Derek Skees

      Wow, there is so much hate in here; it’s almost like twitter MTleg. Hello lilikewoods, figures you would frequent here. How goes the free web consulting for young Marxists in MT? I know you are “real”, really misinformed and sadly ignorant of our nation’s history and the Constitution. It is sad that those few of you anonymous posters are so desperate for misinformation that you dwell here in this dark cave. I have only posted this (1st time here) because a few misinformed Whitefish folks actually look to this site as a viable news source. WFLocal I can’t wait to meet your dog, and put those comments to the test. I am sure it is as informed on the facts as you apparently are. In case you have only read the lies spewed here, I will relate some facts for you: I brought home over 800k for the high school remodel in a session of general cuts (HB15), fought hard and won the battle to prevent a rash decision to rush privatize the vet home in Columbia Falls, supported the Workman’s Comp bill that reduced our rates as business people to over 44% by next year, tried hard to kill HB 198(Eminent Domain) and the same against cyanide leach mining (unfortunately I failed on both, yet I am working with CI 125 to repeal HB198), supported and worked hard for passage of the invasive species bill that the Whitefish Lake Institute and the Flathead Lakers asked me to endorse, won for MT the 24/7 DUI bill that has excellent proven results in other states, fought hard against the regulatory climate in MT that says we are NOT open for business in a dozen bills, reduced the business equipment tax (although I wanted to remove it entirely), struggled to have this great state lead in reigning-in an out of control federal government (something the Governor and his party wanted to do when they were in power, yet not when they weren’t), fought hard and made sure there were no new taxes applied to any of us, supported over half a dozen meaningful TORT reform measures, and fought for and won the removal of the bed tax from HB 316 in the House. I led the charge in trying to eliminate corporate welfare in the energy sectors of this state.I supported every measure to void in our great state the blatantly unconstitutional Obamacare and its implementation. I even fought against the two grants for the theater company and water treatment facility in Whitefish because they would only receive a fraction of the money allocated and should have gotten more compared to the reduction spent by the administration of them (I did this on principle as an objection to the wasteful costs there, only after I knew they would pass anyway). It makes sense really, your confusion as to what I have done for my community if you only get your info here as this is just an entertainment site, and not really anything nearing a “source” of truthful and dependable news. Or maybe you didn’t realize this site was just a leftist propaganda rag machine, bent on the reduction of individual freedoms and personal responsibility because only the “state machine” knows how to take care of us so much better than we do ourselves. I actually wonder how well your dog would have done against me, if it was trained by you…… and how long this bovine excrement site will let this post stand.

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

        Wow, Skeester! Ever heard of a paragraph, dude? Guess not. What the hell WAS your highest grade level achieved anyway? You must’a been absent the day the teacher went over paragraphs.

        But HEY, don’t flatter yourself too much. I seriously doubt that your post will be removed. For you see, we LIKE weirdos to show up here. Your meanderings are NOT frightening nor radical, just kinda goofy and incoherent! And you’re old news and soon to be history.

        But I am glad to see that you’re willing to show up here and defend yourself. That’s good. Hope you have a thick skin!

        • Derek Skees

          I have scars on top of scabs……luckily “sticks and stones” comments are the tools of an ignorant mind and they only bring me to pity those drafters. I am only entertaining here, as to defend myself from baseless, racist, and bigoted attacks is a point of futility and a waste of energy.

          Now to the real reason I post: Are you for real? You post your name (maybe ?), and that is good, yet your rambling incoherent scatterbrained style is reminiscent of grade school kids allowed to post on the web for the first time. How old are you actually, and do your parents know you are using their account?

          Hey, look I have posted 3 times on the nets biggest source of misinformation! I should stop while my credibility is still intact on real news sites.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

            “Entertaining here”? You got THAT right. You’re funny as hell! But I really must ask for a clarification. Just WHEN did someone in Montana discriminate against you because of your “race”? THAT is funny as hell! Or treat you in a racially offensive manner? For you see, THAT is exactly what you’re claiming! “Racist? Bigoted? Baseless?” (Your words)

            You see, Skeester, it was YOU dude who proudly wore the despised Confederidiot Flag in a parade here in Montana. (BTW only a complete asshole would do that) And for me to point that out I’m the bigot?? Wow. Simply wow! Kinda of a confused little wierdo, ain’t ya? We DON’T celebrate the civil war here, dude. Not our culture, a culture of hate. Why do YOU celebrate a culture of evil and hate?

            And it was YOU who went door to door campaigning with a gun on your hip! Why? Why did you feel the need to do this? Are these claims really “baseless”? Was it or wasn’t it YOU who did this?

            And it is YOU who claims to be some sort of Constitutional scholar, yet YOU refuse to tell us what your highest grade level achieved was. For you see, I’m thinkin’ that you’re a phony! Readin’ the thousand year leap and listenin’ to glenda beck does NOT make one a scholar on ANYthing! What are your creds, dude, to claim to be an expert? Sorry, I don’t see’em.

            Maybe you could get away with that crap in Florida, but this is Montana. If you’re gonna appoint yourself as an expert, we want to actually SEE some verification! Otherwise, you’re just passin’ gas.

            Now, Skeester, list your accomplishments and then I’ll list mine. You go first. Military service, degrees, awards, honors, etc. Anything that you think might be of interest to us to prove that you’re legit. But I’m guessin’ that you got NUTHIN’, dude. Prove me wrong! Being a legend in one’s own mind is NOT the same as real accomplishment! List for ALL Montana to see what an accomplished fellow you really are, what a man of letters you are!

            I’ll wait. (And you’re right. THIS should be really entertaining! I promise not to laugh….TOO hard!) And no, wearin’ a Confederidiot flag in a parade does NOT count as military service! Put up or shut up, Skeester.

      • Lynn

        Did you refused the State of Montana Gov-Funded Health Care and Buy you own on the Free Market?

  5. RP

    Sheesh – Skees said long ago he was going to run in the district he lives in. Scoot over Beck.

    YAWN!!

  6. Ilikewoods

    Damn Cowgirl find us a link or give me a way to get hold of this guy we need him to post an account on Act blue pronto, so we cant start sending him Money! It is gonna be a pleasure to see Skees days as a Teatard policymaker numbered!

  7. Derek Skees

    A teatard? Really? You insult your fellow citizens both in a political movement of Montanans and in the mentally handicapped groups. What a sad little person you are, and I find I must pray for your hard heart even more now. Is your argument so bankrupt that you are reduced to emotional rants that only prove your misanthropy? I also notice how we don’t see a “Feel free to direct your insults at me, but kindly refrain from insulting the commenters here” tag against Miss(?) ilikewoods, who is real and doesn’t post anonymously by the way……

    • Ilikewoods

      After all the years of reckless spending your party has tried, to Bankrupt our country I am suprized you haven’t figured out what that term really means yet! A federally authorized procedure by which a debtor—an individual, corporation, or municipality— is relieved of total liability for its debts by making court-approved arrangements for their partial repayment. That’s the legal definition sir!

      Now let me tell you why you wont have a grace period with me… Ever! There is no clearer indication of a person’s bankrupt ideas in Mtleg such as yours sir! When you play the professional victim. When you abandon argument and descend to belittling your dem opponents because they have saner Ideas, when you give up your oath, as a Representative of this state to protect ALL the citizens of Montana, for you party Ideological trappings. When you you decide to LOOSELY follow a 2000 year old fairy tale book, instead of the great laws of our lands that incorporate the here and now… because you refuse to live in reality…or care for other fellow Montanans you will always have someone like me, gnawing on the leg of your stupidity, as you trample the rights of the American People who live in this state.

      I will meet you, anywhere,anytime, and be glad to shake your hand and still tell you this message to your face, so you are clear about how serious a Democrat I am. You will not change me, you will not shake my resolve for a better America and Montana! You sir are not part of a greater good but a tool of religious zealots and corporations! SHAME ON YOU! and I already have a check sent to your opponent, hope he uses it to beat your campaign of hate and intolerance as soon as humanly possible.

      • Ilikewoods

        Lastly Mr Skees my name and My phone numbers our on my website design company. You talk a big game, but I have never hidden myself from anyone ever. My real name is on my twitter account, its on my blog, its on my website with phone numbers has been for years. Infact I am more reachable then you are sir! So Like I said your professional victimization goes only so far!

  8. jack ruby

    Looks like general Robert E. Skees has been forced into an organized withdrawal.

  9. bradass87

    Derek Skees
    July 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm • Reply
    “In case you have only read the lies spewed here, I will relate some facts for you: I brought home over 800k for the high school remodel in a session of general cuts (HB15), fought hard and won the battle to prevent a rash decision to rush privatize the vet home in Columbia Falls”
    While at the same time trying to screw your community out of millions of needed federal dollars (for education among other things), defund your community health center, privatize our education through charter schools and cripple any service for poor people. And while you were quietly sitting (I guess that passes for fighting hard) making sure Columbia falls still had its veterans home you voted against building a very needed home in South West Montana. And I guess you were busy counting your 800k when you voted to nullify the endangered species act which would have cost this state millions and millions of dollars and voted against the bonding bill which was the best business bill of the session. The 800k is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money you cost your community.
    “supported the Workman’s Comp bill that reduced our rates as business people to over 44% by next year”
    On the backs of the injured workers, I’m sure your very proud.
    “tried hard to kill HB 198(Eminent Domain) and the same against cyanide leach mining (unfortunately I failed on both, yet I am working with CI 125 to repeal HB198),”
    By “tried hard” you must mean you sat and said nothing about leach mining during the house debate.

    “won for MT the 24/7 DUI bill that has excellent proven results in other states”
    You sponsored this bill? Oh by “won” you must mean sat and did nothing but vote.
    “fought hard against the regulatory climate in MT that says we are NOT open for business in a dozen bills”
    And replace the “Not open for business” slogan with, Montana, Bat crap crazy
    “reduced the business equipment tax (although I wanted to remove it entirely)”
    Only because the governor let you.
    “struggled to have this great state lead in reigning-in an out of control federal government”
    I love that you wasted tax payer money on an issue you can do nothing about. Really this was just another attempted to screw over the less fortunate.

    “supported over half a dozen meaningful TORT reform measures”
    In the pockets of the insurance companies and on the backs of the injured, you must be so proud.

    “fought for and won the removal of the bed tax from HB 316 in the House.”
    Again, “fought” must mean sat and did nothing but voted.

    “I led the charge in trying to eliminate corporate welfare in the energy sectors of this state.”
    Code for, tried to kill renewable resources

    “I supported every measure to void in our great state the blatantly unconstitutional Obamacare and its implementation.”
    While sitting in the pockets of the insurance industry you decided that bill is unconstitutional and tried to screw Montana’s out of healthcare. Ignored the benefits, made up negatives and wasted lots of money, including supporting a measure to get the state involved in a costly and frivolous law suit over “Obamacare”

    “I even fought against the two grants for the theater company and water treatment facility in Whitefish because they would only receive a fraction of the money allocated and should have gotten more compared to the reduction spent by the administration of them (I did this on principle as an objection to the wasteful costs there, only after I knew they would pass anyway).”
    So you are saying if you did not know they were going to pass you would have compromised your principles and voted for them? Although I’m sure compromising your principles comes easy. After watching you all session and meeting you in the hall once or twice it was pretty obvious what a shifty, disingenuous person you are.

    • Ilikewoods

      Nicely done bradass87 Nicely done! Truth is a little too heavy for Skees to carry, and a little too plain for him to recognize!

  10. Jack Ruby

    Its funny in an ironic sort of way to be lectured on ‘facts’ and ‘history’ by someone like Skees who believes the fantasy book 5000 Thousand Year Leap is historicaly accurate. His understanding of history is right up there with Sara Palin believing Paul Revere rode through Gettysburg shooting his six guns to warn the British not to take our guns away.

    Hey Derek how is your friend Shaeffer Cox doing these days? Have you been up to see him in jail and give your fellow patriot some moral support?

  11. bradass87

    He is just trolling, he would do it all day during the session on twitter when he was supposed to be paying attention. The best part though, is that he trolls with his real name. LOL!

  12. bradass87

    Skeezz you forgot to mention that you disingenuously pretended that voting fraud and vandalism were such huge problems that you lead the charge to squish the voting rights of any group that was not republicany enough. I.E. young and poor. (p.s. you should be quieter in the hall when admitting to exaggeration/lying for political gain.) Your own party was for mail ballots until Denny’s camp called and gave the orders. Then republican legislators blindly changed their vote on third reading to appease their masters. Second reading vote for HB 130 57-43 passed. Third reading vote a day after 57-42 failed. All the overnight vote changing came from republicans.

    It always amazes me how quickly republicans will compromise there values and do what the are told.

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    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Punctuation ELUDES you! As does I suspect higher learning. In other words, you are perfect, a perfect Gen. Robert E. Skees supporter!