It was revealed today to the Cowgirl blog tip line that Republicans have filed a “one-world government” conspiracy theorist for state senate in the Bozeman/Belgrade area.
But there is a twist: Mike Comstock (pictured) is actually running in the Democratic senate primary.
This is the GOP’s response to the news that firefighter Kurt Bushnell–a pro-union Republican moderate–recently jumped into the Republican primary in this same race, to challenge Scott Sales for the GOP nomination. Sales, the former Montana Speaker of the House who left the legislature and now wants back in, is under fire because his wife could be going to the slammer for embezzlement.
Thus Bushnell stands a chance to win the GOP nomination in a district where the GOP nominee always wins the general election. The GOP, however, believes that Bushnell is an impostor, a Democrat, simply because he is pro-labor.
And so the GOP has come up with an answer: get a right-wing lunatic to run in the Democratic primary, and hope that Democratic voters never figure out that he is a Trojan horse.
Comstock actually won a Republican primary in 2010, in another legislative district, but lost to Democrat Larry Jent in the general election. He is a big name in Gallatin County Republican Party (his Republican campaign was featured on the Gallatin County GOP website (here’s a screenshot for when they take it down). His candidate website contains a list of Republican issues with broken links.
Comstock’s main focus is his concern about a possible takeover by “a one-world UN controlled government,” the Bozeman Chronicle has reported. In his campaign literature and on Facebook, he says he is worried about the impending collapse of civilization. He proudly calls himself “a TEA Party extremist” and believes the muppets have “sold out to socialism and bad behavior.” He is also in a band he named “Comstock Load” (gross).
On his website he makes comments like “Obamacare exemption for Muslims,” anyone?) and “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” He puts forward an enthusiastic opinion of the pack of Republicans running for Governer (“I think out of the eight, there are…at least six that I’m really excited about.)
What’s hilarious about the whole business is that Comstock’s stealth candidacy will produce no result at all for the Republican Party. The district in which Comstock, Bushnell and Sales are running is a heavily Republican district. Anyone, even a right-wing nut, with a D next to his name is doomed.