A recent meeting of the Ravalli County Commission ended with the chair of the county planning board, TEA Partier Jan Wisniewski, offering his observations from a “fact-finding” trip he took across the state, the Ravalli Republic reports.
Wisneiwski said he had a conversation with law enforcement officials in Havre who complained about their jails being filled with “drunken Indians” off the reservation. As the Bitterroot Star reported:
According to unofficial minutes of the November 20 meeting, Wisniewski stated that he had made some visits to numerous counties in Montana and the Dakotas and found that Indians from different tribes come in to non-reservation areas and get drunk and then try and run back onto the reservation so they don’t get caught. He noted that the Havre jail had about 58 [Indians in the jail].
The point of the meeting apparently was to discuss how upset the TEA Party controlled County Commissioners were to lose the…wait for it…800 dollars in tax revenue if the Salish put their own, tribally owned land into trust because of the sacred sites located in the area.
TEA Party Commissioner Suzy Foss said she “appreciates history but has a real issue with taxes being taken off the tax rolls.”
The TEA Partiers in Ravalli aren’t known for their money management skills, as you may have read in the news.
The County Commission, after hundreds of complaints from the public flooded their offices, voted to formally aplogize to the tribe.
board chairman Jan Wisniewski’s attorney that said the commission “has neither the legal nor moral authority to apologize for the words of a private citizen of this county.”
It sounds like the letter was one of these “non-apology apologies,” which apologizes not for the remarks but “if the comments caused offense.”
When questioned about his comments, the Bitterroot Star reported that Wisniewski said “that what he said is factual and they can dispute it all they want, but he is just stating the facts.”
Wisniewski was one of a bunch of local TEA Partiers who, embarrassed at the fact that they have become a national joke, the Montana Tea Party has resorted to an attempt to invade and infect the Democratic Party, Trojan Horse style, and take it over last spring by running as fake Democrats for local party organizing positions.