A leader of a group who was ousted from the Montana TEA Party over its comments advocating violence against gays is seeking election for a Helena city board.
Last fall, Tim Ravndal was kicked out of the Big Sky Tea Party for implying that gay people should be hung like Matthew Shepard. The story, after being featured here on the Montana Cowgirl Blog, made national news. Upset with the ousting, Helena resident Bobbette Madonna founded the Lewis & Clark Conservative Tea Party and Ravndall was put in charge. Bobbette Madonna stated that she was “extremely pleased” that Ravndall was elected as leader.
Now, Bobette Madonna is one of only two candidates running for four open seats in the Helena Citizen’s Council, an advisory board of the Helena City Commission. Unless Helenans elect three write-in candidates, Madonna will get to walk on to the council.
As of this post, there are two write-in candidates who have stepped up to the plate to run: Matthieu Oppedahl and Jessica Peterson. UPDATE: Kim Abbott has joined the slate of write-in candidates. UPDATE: Michael Hand has also joined the write in slate, Michael Hand lives in District 2.
Helena citizens would do better to elect a corndog to the Citizens Council than to let this woman on the board.