GOP Legislator Arrested After Bizarre Incident

The Livingston Enterprise is reporting on the bizarre incident involving former GOP legislator Joel Boniek, (R-Livingston), that led to Boniek’s arrest.

Police allege that Boniek ran a road block  and then

“allegedly argued with the officers and eventually ‘dropped his left hand near what looked like a holster’ before a deputy brought him to the ground….The deputy removed a loaded handgun from the holster, according to court documents.”

The only defense Boniek offered to the reporter who asked him about the incident seems to be that Boniek “was on a private road in a private vehicle.”

Boniek is the Montana Republican famous for defending his comparison of President Obama with Hitler by saying that “Hitler should be remembered for more than being a mass murderer.” He’s also known for showing up for work at the state capitol riding on a mule. He served in the 2009 Legislature, but was not re-elected in 2011.

UPDATE: A video of Boniek can be found on Youtube that shows him attempting to visit a jailed anti-government activist named Eric Newhouse.  According to the Bozeman Chronicle article linked to, Newhouse compared his group, the “Sovereign Church of Christ,” with the Montana Freeman.

The group’s website said its members  “stand above the United States Government and … its constitutions declarations, orders, rules, regulations and statutes.” The site threatened that “lost [sic] of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will follow all those who trespass upon Sovereign Church of Christ citizens[‘] unalienable rights,” the Chronicle reported.


56 Comments on "GOP Legislator Arrested After Bizarre Incident"

  1. Rep. Boniek says he is Newhouse’s counsel. Was he lying? Did he actually represent Newhouse in court? Or did he just mean he was Newhouse’s adviser. Any of these possibilities is troubling. He also represents himself in the video specifically as a state lawmaker.

    • This article is BS. I am called anti-Gov. I am not anti-Government but I am anti-corrupt Government and Park County fits that category. I had 30 witnesses at my traffic violation hearing (sic) we were all asked to leave the court and then I was asked back in without witnesses. I declined to enter the “court of no record” without a witness and was subsequently charged with contempt for “failure to appear” I’m also a volunteer Fire Fighter and we will typically hand out flappers to individuals to help put out grass fires such as the one threatening Joel Bonieks home. He had animals that were very likely to be burned to death if he did not free them from their corral. This is about abusive government stepping outside the boundaries of Law. This site is so twisted in their representation of the truth that is bordering a bad joke! Grow up and grow a set!


      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | March 15, 2013 4:53 AM at 4:53 AM |

        Did you ever know that you’re my heeeeeeeero!


        You have a junior high understanding of how gubmint works. It’s all about YOU, dude! And that’s real sad.

  2. Interesting. Usually, GOP legislators put up roadblocks instead of running them.

  3. I don’t care how high up on his mule this yahoo sits.
    As President Theodore Roosevelt said, “No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”

    • Wow, did not realize that Roosevelt had a hardcore anti-american fascist dictator bend to him…. Seems like his time was a bit late in the game to still be supporting slavery…. unless you understand that the 13th amendment wasn’t about freeing anybody, but redefining us all as slaves.

  4. For those who didn’t know. Dressing up as Colonel Sanders is actually a legal requirement of serving in the Montana legislature. Just ask Joe Balyeat and Alan Hale.

  5. Which one of these guys is Rick Hills running mate? I get confused.

  6. Boniek was the Lt. Gov candidate under Bob Fanning, a different GOP gubernatorial candidate. Another guy is running with Rick Hill. Scott something or other is his name I think.

  7. WTF this guy thinks that because he got elected to the legislature he can practice law without a license, has he been taking lessons from that idiot senator from up in the Flathead? Good God the GOP has too many idiots.

    • You’re thinking of HD4 rep Derek Skees.

      • No actually I was thinking of Jerry O’Neil the independent para legal, and state senator who has tried several times to get rid of the requirments to practice law without a license.

    • This sound like the kind of guy Skees would love. How much you wanna bet this is who Skees voted for in the GOP gov primary. Can you imagine this guy as Lt. Governor?

  8. so, this guy was friendly with a group that called for violent resistance to law enforcement, then when he gets stopped, he runs the road block and reaches for his gun.

  9. Holy. S**t. Just when you thought the MT GOP couldn’t get any crazier. This is nuts.

  10. WHOA! Are you kidding me with this guy? I thought we had some loonies in Ohio but this really takes it. Look at his eyes.

  11. Can I ask why this isn’t the top story of the day? The blogger thing is funny, but this is national news.

  12. Remember what Barney Fife says about Ernest T. Bass? It applies here.

  13. This guy was on the Glenn Beck show about his bill to say that the federal government has no jurisdiction over Montana gun laws:

    • Note that Glenn Beck is even saying this fool has gone to far. That’s saying something.

    • Sweet plastic Jesus. This clip shows Boniek at once angry and terrified. The look on his and Marbuts face when their hero Beck ridicules their idea is priceless.

  14. LeAnn Pernet, Lincoln NE | July 20, 2012 9:21 AM at 9:21 AM |

    Just found this on Facebook. Incredible that the republicans are finally showing their true colors. BTW I love your blog! Wish we had something like this in Nebraska. Cheers, LeAnn

  15. I hear Romney is looking for a running mate.

  16. Looks like Howdy Doody has gone rogue!

  17. Can I ask who is going to be…er…maintaining this man’s goats while he’s in jail?

  18. Saw this in the paper but they didn’t have the background story on him. In this context and with his history as appears in the comments it Is even creepier.

  19. Why would anyone elect a nut case like this?

  20. Who is running against this guy, and does that person stand a chance of beating him?

  21. Farmboy – if you are asking who is running against Boniek, the answer is no one – Boniek is not running. To find out who is running where, visit the Secretary of State’s website:

  22. Reminder: squirt guns banned at RNC while sidearms encouraged. Update at HuffPo.

  23. What this article does NOT tell you is that his neighborhood was on fire and burning fast! It was a bad fire spreading across open [very dry] grassland heading thru his land; as well as others. Mr. Boniek was simply trying to get to his home to release his mules! They were fenced in & would be unable to escape the fire as it sweep thru if they were not turned loose. It is easy to judge when you do not know all that happened. At the time he tried to get to his home to save the animals and it was still a volunteer evacuation. I have seen Mr. Boniek help ALOT of our neighbors & people in the community. Politics aside, anyone in his position would have tried to save their animals. I have never seen him lose his temper or even raise his voice; not even when others were accosting him. Just for the record I am not a political person and do not know him in any political aspect; only as person to person.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 3, 2012 7:29 AM at 7:29 AM |

      What happened to the mules?

      • Yeah, if that’s really what you came here to tell us, different view, then surely you know.

      • Thank goodness the mules are ok & he only lost material items that burnt in his yard. I feel for him in that moment it was very tense & panic was high among us all. I had to leave my animals as I couldn’t fit them in my car and my friends who were coming to help rescue them couldn’t get into my neighborhood to take my animals. I know where he was coming from; I at least was able to make sure my animals were loose so that they had a chance to flee the fire that was VERY close to consuming our home. I was intensely worried over my animals; I’m anyone who has had to leave their animals behind were also.

        • Some people would have explained that to the cop–not ran the road block and reach for their gun. But hey, maybe that’s just me.

          • You are getting your info he went for a “gun” from the police and they NEVER lie right?

            • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 16, 2012 7:07 AM at 7:07 AM |

              Napoleon Bonikpart is a loser who thinks he’s above the law. He’s not. Now, he has to learn a hard lesson. Geez, he’s a leetle OLD to be learnin’ this lesson. MOST people figure it out as teenagers! Whas wrong with the dude??? As with ALL oath freepers, I think it’s too many cop shows and arrested maturation! Thas my theory and I’m stickin’ to it!

              A leetle musical interlude for Boinkneck.

              • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 16, 2012 7:44 AM at 7:44 AM |

                And HEY, the dude may be a loser, but he IS the most comical thing I’ve seen in a looong time! Look, I’ve been around the block a time or two, and I THOUGHT I’d pretty much seen it all. But I have NEVER seen a dude scare off a judge, and then declare HIMSELF to be innocent! That’s priceless! And one for the record books! What’s he gonna do as a follow up act, declare himself governor?? Or maybe when he finally finds himself in the big house, he can declare himself to be the warden!


                He’s now become a laffing stock!

  24. About 48 hours before the polls opened for the primary election that resulted in Boniek becoming the GOP candidate, and eventually our Legislator (for one hitch, fortunately), handbills were placed under the windshield wipers of vehicles all over Park County. Their distribution was accomplished at night, and they failed to identify anyone responsible. These handbills claimed our current Legislator, a very conservative local rancher, and an honorable and competent man, of secretly being a communist, among other things. While I can’t prove Boniek was at least aware of this slimy and dishonest character asassination, I do know he didn’t step up to refute it before the election… everyone can make your own assumptions. Prior to the Newhouse event, Boniek showed up (with at least one Newhouse) at the courthouse in support of a fellow arrested in a car with fake plates, no insurance, etc. This African American gentleman refused to get out of the car, and claimed to be a Sovereign Lord or some wakadoo thing, and not subject to any authority. This is all part of the same Sovereign Church rightwing mumbo jumbo. The guy was also armed, quite illegally in that case. It was in the news, he was in jail in Billings for quite awhile, but eventually got off. Boniek is involved in some goofy stuff, no doubt.

  25. The the blogger who posted this bias rant. Your headline should be based in facts and truths not what you read off of the Huff post. Headline should read something like” Montana citizen arrested with no cause other then trying to save his private property and animals”

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