Look Who’s Back

2014 is going to be a great year for blogging.

The former TEA Party Republican legislator and nullification nutjob from the Flathead who proudly marched in a Memorial day parade wearing the confederate flag says he’s running for the Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in Montana.

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Skees is also the creator of the 2011 election cycles most…interesting political ad.  He lost big to Monica Lindeen for state auditor that year. So we’re likely to see more such hilarity in 2014.

Crackpot Derek SkeesHe made national news as a TEA Party nutjob and states-rights fanatic. He believes that the fifty states individually can, should and must override federal law when they please. He admittedly does not recognize the supremacy clause of the US Constitution and believes Abraham Lincoln was the villain and cause of the Civil War, that the Southern States had the right to do what they wanted, including own slaves, without interference from the federal government.  Such ideas were explicitly expressed by Skees in an e-mail to a supporter in 2010, which was published in the Flathead Memo at the time but has so far received little coverage from major newspapers in the state (which raises disturbing questions).

Derek Skees, Guy Fawkes, and unintentional irony on a couple of levels.

Derek Skees (right) at a TEA Party rally in Kalispell.

Montanans aren’t very fond of right-wing radicals nor people who wear confederate flags.  Plus the current PSC is already over-stuffed with angry right wingers like the infamous Roger Koopman, whose early history is chronicled nicely at A Chicken is Not Pillage.  So the addition of Skees would leave the PSC even more unbalanced.

What’s also interesting is that Mr. Skees is implicated in the American Tradition Partnership illegal coordination scandal. Montana’s top election regulator says he’s launching an investigation into candidates ATP helped to elect in 2010, and the results of the investigation could become public at any time.  Skees could be on the list of candidates who will be investigated because documents linked to Mr. Skees were uncovered in a brilliant work of national investigative journalism PBS did last year. In a full-hour exposé of Montana politics and the secretive right-wing group, PBS’s show Frontline revealed the secret stash of incriminating documents which was found in a meth house, showing extensive communications between several GOP legislative candidates and the ATP, and showing that the ATP was even preparing campaign material for them, such as this letter.

The democratic candidate for the seat is state Rep. Galen Hollenbaugh (D-Helena). Hollenbaugh has been in the state legislature since 2006 and the voters have returned him to office in each election since then. He’s vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation.

Skees, thankfully, was a one-termer.  He also ran unsuccessfully for state auditor in 2011.  Skees also promotes his “classes” on the propaganda book “The 5000 Year Leap”, written by racist W. Cleon Skousen.  Skees says all legislators should use the book’s principles to decide how to vote.


13 Comments on "Look Who’s Back"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 5, 2014 5:19 PM at 5:19 PM |

    The south WILL rise again! In the nutjob Gen. Robert E. Skees! Confederate flag jackets for everyone who votes for the general!

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 5, 2014 5:37 PM at 5:37 PM |

    Can I be serious for a moment? You see, I don’t like to talk about it, but it is a serious topic. Yes, the Rangers have been threatened a time or two, and it’s not pleasant. But we had a very unique way of dealing with it. You see, when someone threatened a Ranger, we went straight to the person that we thought was most responsible, in person, and informed that person that even though you weren’t the one the pulled the trigger, you would be the first to go! And we meant it! For you see, the bad guys have lots of psycopaths, and we have some very tough guys who mean business. They are NOT guys you want to cross! So, when I read something like this, I wish that they had some Environmental Rangers back there by Georgetown U. It’s a whole LOT harder to call for the assassination of the president when you KNOW that you will be next to go! Think about it. It makes one a whole lot more accountable for treasonous remarks!


    • Settle down tough guy.

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 6, 2014 6:33 AM at 6:33 AM |

        Point IS, cupcake, that the threats against the black president by a supposedly mainstream news source have gone WAY beyond the pale. And they must be called out. It is NOT acceptable for ANY news source, even a rightwing nazzi one like FOX, to imply that assassinating a president is acceptable! Sorry, that you don’t like that I point this out. Where the hell is the outrage over comments like this? This is NOT what our country is all about. Show me ONE instance of a guy on national television calling for the assassination of a republican president as a legitimate tactic!
        I’m merely pointing out that IF you want to be a “tough guy” and make threats against a the president, do the deed yourself, or face the consequences! How it that so wrong, booger? It’s called accountability! The Pubes are very big on accountability, right?

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 6, 2014 6:50 AM at 6:50 AM |

          I was in seventh grade when the CIA murdered JFK. I was totally unaware like most Americans just who was responsible. But now we know! Now, we have this dipshit, ex-CIA agent, calling again for the assassination of a sitting president! Sorry, but this time, we fight back! No more free rides for the CIA and the Bush/Kockh crime families! This time, we’re ready!

          p.s.s. WHEN are we gonna get the bushes and kockhes on that lie detector test? I’ll take one, why won’t they?! Bush was in on it, and I’m sure the Kockh daddy was too. And I’m sure his boys knew! Let’s find out!

  3. Aware and Not stupid | January 5, 2014 6:51 PM at 6:51 PM |

    Please tell me Ken Toole will file for PSC? Somebody’s got to be able to dispose of the Skeester, maybe ol’ Brad Johnson will take him on in a GOP Primary, in that case any D is a shoein……Hollenbaugh can’t get the job done, but Toole could!

    • Toole lost to Gallagher by 11,812 votes in the Democratic debacle of 2010. Gallagher improved on Mike Taylor’s 2006 tally, but Toole received 9,490 votes less than in 2006.

      • Which presumably is why this Republican wants him to run again instead of Hollenbaugh. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were primaries in this race for both parties.

        • I concur on contested primaries.

          In 2012, Skees received 88 more votes in PSC-5 counties than Lindeen. 44 percent of the district’s voters are in Flathead County, 30 percent in Lewis and Clark county. Flathead County has 60k registered voters, L&C 42k. Most observers think the Flathead is not as liberal as F&C. Skees lives in the Flathead, Hollenbaugh in L&C.

          As I noted on Flathead Memo over the weekend, Skees has an an even chance of winning. Toole, regrettably, doesn’t even have a chance.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | January 5, 2014 9:27 PM at 9:27 PM |

    I hear tell that Gen. Robert E. Skees has NEW flag to wear on his jacket while running for the PSC!


  5. It’s easy to point and laugh at Roger Koopman, but some of that should be the nervous laugh at dramatic tragedy. As James Conner chronicles well, Skees has a ‘fair to middlin’ chance of winning this election for PSC. So did Koopman, running against a strong traditional Democratic opponent, who had the ‘advantage’ of being an incumbent. Given the district, attacks on Skees won’t really have a whole lot of impact. The trick, if it can be accomplished, is to promote Hollenbaugh, ’cause your average TeaPeep voter just doesn’t care about the ATP scandal or Confederate flags inappropriately worn.

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