Ousted Bozeman TEA Partier Hopes Belgrade Voters Haven’t Heard of Him Yet


Will Belgrade Take Bozeman’s Leavings?  Not Likely

An absurd former TEA Party legislator who was ousted by Bozeman voters last cycle appears to be hoping that Belgrade voters may be unfamiliar with his record and may vote him back into office.

That man is Tom Burnett, who served one term in Bozeman in 2011 and was immediately voted out in the next elect.  The former lawmaker may soon be under investigation for having been caught up in the Meth House Scandal, in which documents found at a meth house in Colorado were found to implicate certain GOP lawmakers for illegally coordinating with a dark money group, the American Tradition Partnership. But that’s just the beginning.

Tom Burnett has accused a youth support for LGBT young people in his community of meeting to recruit people into becoming gay.   He has also written that he wonders whether the high school support group would soon include pedophiles and beastiality:

“Is it only a matter of time before the umbrella covers pedophiles, necrophiles, and zoophiles? When will the high school advertise a group called Beastiality Acceptance Alliance, BAA?”

Burnett took the post down after his ravings appeared in campaign flyers and on a reporter’s blog.

But perhaps what Burnett is most known for is his obsession with preventing poor people from getting enough to eat. For a peek into the serpents’ nest of irrationality that is this guy’s brain, look no further than what he calls his “studies” which consist of lies, unsubstantiated anecdotes, and incoherent wackiness he found on the internet.

Burnett’s latest screed, released in October of 2013, is a follow up to his premier work “Childhood Hunger, the Myth” in which he reveals that pictures of fat kids he found on the internet prove that there is no such thing as childhood hunger.

His bizarre writings prove nothing other than that the snake on a yellow background is the perfect symbol for the TEA Party.

Consider Burnett in light of the recent scandal in Iowa.  That state’s top GOP-appointed public-health official resigned just last week after she was caught making unsubstantiated comments about food stamps.

“The No. 1 food item bought with food stamps in Iowa is Mountain Dew,” the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health claimed, even though states obviously don’t track such purchases.  The woman later claimed through a spokesman she “found it online” but couldn’t remember where.

After this scandal, Montanans are even less likely to put someone like this in charge of making decisions here–someone who makes things up to demonize and perpetuate stereotypes about the poor.

Burnett himself has claimed that Food stamps = Red Bull.  He’s also written that teachers are what is keeping Mexico in poverty.  Yeah.

Burnett has organized TEA Party events  with Tim Ravndal, the Helena TEA Partier who made national news for comments he made that implied support for violence against gays.Burnett also is the author of the famous bill to eliminate law that requires landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors (House Bill 354)  It made the venerated 2011 Montana Nutjob Bills list first published at Cowgirl Blog.



Posted: January 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

This post was written by Cowgirl

80 thoughts on “Ousted Bozeman TEA Partier Hopes Belgrade Voters Haven’t Heard of Him Yet

  1. Rob Kailey

    HD 67 is a tough pickup for Democrats. Gordon Vance ran unopposed in 2012, and as of now, no Democrat has filed to run against Burnett. That Burnett is loathsome is not in dispute. But crowing about what ‘Montanans are likely to do’ is just a tad premature.

    1. Rob Kailey

      James, as I’ve written before, my beloved worked for the guy for years back when he was a legitimate business man (I’m not being sarcastic about the ‘legitimate’ part; he was.) I’m in complete agreement that what goes on in that man’s noodle is the best wacky blog-fodder any of us could ever hope for. But this is one case where the mirth at his expense would or will be completely out-weighed by his victory in an election to represent the people of the state.

  2. Turner

    Off Topic but significant: Brian Schweitzer was on the Ed Show today complaining about the fast-tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (a NAFTA-like trade deal). The deal was negotiated in secret by corporate leaders and the politicians they own. It’s being pushed in the senate by Baucus and other corporate types and will lead to more American jobs being lost.

    Unfortunately, Obama is for it too. He needs an earful from the Democratic wing of our party.

    I’m beginning to like Schweitzer a lot. Certainly more than I like Hillary. I wonder what his chances are of overtaking her and getting the Democratic nomination for president.

    1. Rob Kailey

      Sadly, not great. But … very much like his run against Burns in 2000, he is making distinctions between himself and H. Clinton. He is pulling most of the right progressive strings, as he should. He will never be the darling of the enviro-left, but he is establishing himself above other primary challengers, like Joe Biden (personality is one thing Schweitzer understands.) He could well be establishing himself as the front-runner for Veep, a stepping stone he likely values.

      1. Moorcat

        This is kind of my thought too. I think he is maneuvering to be on the short list for VP. Hillary is strong, gifted and has some great moderate ideas but, like Bullock, she is about as fun to watch as paint drying. She comes off hard and inflexible and somewhat shrewish. Schweitzer, with his folksy charm and showmanship, can make Hillary look less like a Harpy and more like a President.

        I am not sure if Hillary would even consider Schweitzer (after the Palin show, I am not sure any VP will ever be chosen from a rural outlying area again), but it certainly wouldn’t hurt her campaign to do so.

        1. Craig Moore

          Schweitzer is going to have to seriously consider hitching his wagon to Hilary if this blows up. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2014/0115/Benghazi-attack-Senate-report-slams-State-Department-intelligence-agencies-video

          In a lengthy statement, committee member Susan Collins (R) of Maine lauded the report’s “analysis of much of what went wrong” in Benghazi. But she said its conclusions did not go far enough in three key areas related to the Obama administration’s response to the attacks.

          “I believe that more emphasis should have been placed on the three issues I have discussed” in “additional views” filed with the full Benghazi report,” Senator Collins writes: “the administration’s initial misleading of the American people about the terrorist nature of the attack,… the failure of the administration to hold anyone at the State Department … fully accountable for the security lapses, and … the unfulfilled promises of President Obama that he would bring the terrorist to justice.”

          Collins said that the State Department’s undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy, in particular should have faced consequences over the Benghazi attacks. In her statement, she noted that Mr. Kennedy “personally approved” the Benghazi mission in 2011, and that he testified to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that the threat environment in Benghazi was “flashing red” prior to the attacks.

          1. Rob Kailey

            Blow up? It won’t. You’re welcome to call me wrong if it reaches the level of the horrible Whitewater scandal of murder by blowjob, or the Kenyon Birth certificate LIE! ~facepalm~

            1. Craig Moore

              Time will tell. The image of “murder by blowjob” brings up your demise by your nemesis here. ~Full body shivers~ beats a facepalm.

                1. Craig Moore

                  the life force is sucked out of you and your body turns grey and cold, will your nemesis spit or swallow?

        2. MTNativeEyes

          Keep in mind the “Heidi-Howard” experiments. When named “Thing 1″ and “Thing 2″ test subjects found fictional candidates equally qualified. When the one candidate was called “Heidi” and the other, “Howard”, test subjects still found them equally qualified, but thought they wouldn’t like Heidi.

    2. Mike

      I like Bullock. Hillary I am undecided on. The problem with Bullock is that he doesn’t seem to actually be doing anything. He’s just growing government by creating a bunch of advisory councils, task forces, listening tours – but no actual action.

      Advisory councils are the snooze button of politics. Its what you do when you don’t have the inclination whether for fear or lack of ideas or whatever, to actually DO anything.

      I mean, sure, great that he’s getting public input, but if its all just a stalling tactic I’m concerned.






  3. Publius II

    Shame on them, the Bible WARNS about the powerful oppressing the widows, children, and poor, shameless and WOE to the power mongers!

  4. Gabby Johnson

    Sounds like a job for the good old American two-party system.
    Montana Republicans — at least the local business leaders — have to stand up to these interlopers supported by outside money because it’s not in their long-term interests to be branded as nuts. (Republican candidates have also been targeted if they don’t vote as they’re told to by Denver law firms shoveling foreign money into Montana races.)
    And Democrats need to quit abandoning low-population Senate and legislative districts and give voters a real choice.

    1. Norma Duffy

      Exactly Our biggest problem for Democrats, is they only back races they can win. When you start treating your argument for good and the people like a business plan, you become a lot more like the opposition you promise to fight…. restricting the rights of social understanding to be spread outside the borders of a blue area. Like any good social network we need to start paying for expeditionary forces to go out and seek common ground in our state. Stop waiting for change all the time, and go out and find the people who can make it happen in red districts of this state a little Quicker.

      Its not like we have a choice as Democrats. So many state GOP parties have screwed up, so bad, that the RNC from DC is basically taking over at our state’s GOP as well as others.

      And at this point and time the RNC it is totally run over by teaparty members like Reince Priebus…. That means the GOP is likely to get worse.

      Instead of leaving moderate voters to their own imagination of fear so long pounded into them by goofy conservative Ideas, that have nothing to do with conserving lets show them how democrats have made better financial decisions… because we have!

      1. Rob Kailey

        I am sincerely curious about :

        the rights of social understanding

        I’m sorry but I am ignorant of where and how those “rights” are enumerated and exactly what ‘social understanding’ means in the context of rights. Could you please clarify what you mean?

          1. Rob Kailey

            Total fail. What are ‘the rights of social understanding’? You wrote it. All I want is for you to explain it. What are those “rights”? Those are your words. Explain them.

    2. Rob Kailey

      And Democrats need to quit abandoning low-population Senate and legislative districts and give voters a real choice.

      I think that’s a bit of a hazardous mischaracterization. It is not always “low-population” districts in which it is difficult to get Democrats to run. It is those districts which historically lean heavily Republicant. Ultimately, it boils down to getting people willing to run a likely losing race. It is as difficult as all get out to get a person who has the time, energy and wherewithal to campaign for the obligation in any district. I don’t think that’s out of line to suggest that it is 100 fold more difficult to convince someone to spend that time, energy and wherewithal in a district that will likely reject them anyway. People are people, and no one likes being a poster child for futility (save maybe a few I can think of.)

      I agree that no race should remain uncontested, but “The Democrat’s” problem is not the lack of support for their candidates (from Democrats) but rather finding candidates willing to be sacrificial. If one accepts that, it seems odd to then claim that Republican business leaders need to ‘stand up’ or else Democrats will brand them as “nuts”. Most Republicans running for office are themselves local businessmen (and I use the gender laden term deliberately.) I suggest that they appear to be more in tune with desires of the electorate than those who would label them “nuts”. That would be why they win, not moneyed demands coming from Colorado.

      1. In2it

        Those low population districts are the key to a state like Montana – land = power. The senate is based on land ownership, with counties with a few thousand people having disproportionate representation. It’s an anachronism, but power never concedes without a fight.

  5. Rob Kailey

    I would really really like to be a better Democrat. I really would. Please, all of you, help me be a better Democrat. The first, and likely only, thing you need to do is to tell me: What in the hell are the “rights of social understanding”?

    1. In2it

      She has taken an abstract concept, social understanding, itself vague, and given it a legal standing. Sounds to me like muddled nonsense.

      1. surelyyoujest11

        So muddled in fact that Norma can’t even explain it and she brought it up. C’mon Norma, enlighten us rubes….lol

        1. Craig Moore

          With Yellowstone threatening to erupt in the next 100000 years surely there are more important things to discuss than adding a spoonful of salt to a bottle of Pepsi.

            1. larry kurtz

              The war on the West continues: the Anthropocene heralds a trophic cascade where mountaintop-removal mining kills the canary.

        2. Rob Kailey

          Y’know, since Norma is the ‘only liberal left in the room’, I had at least hoped that that she would posit something that explains Marx’s notion of “species being”. That’s a concept that has fascinated me for years.

  6. Turner

    $teve Daines has bought a TV ad asking Montanans to phone him in Washington and thank him for voting against Obamacare. It’s 202-225-3211. Be sure to phone him and tell him what you think of his vote against affordable health insurance. While you’re at it you might chat with him about his votes against food stamps, WIC, veterans’ benefits, and his vote to shut down the government.

    1. Publius II

      I also TELL HIM I’m now signed up with ACA thru my insurance agent who
      could only offer me junk before, and now I’m paying half of what I was paying for JUNK with no benefits and $10,000 deductible, and now with Blue Cross, it’s $4,000 AND I’ve got enough for dental care, AND all
      the vital features of ACA that help with preventative care especially!

      1. Lynn

        That maybe his views are not as widely held as he seems to believe. There were claims that “Duck’s” ratings would soar and that would “prove” that the majority of people agreed with idea that LGBT community should be treated like dirt or worse.

  7. Jeff

    What would the legislative makeup be if those candidates had to live in the district they want to represent. No more of this pick and choose the best district to run in. Of course the gerrymandering process doesn’t help. There seems to be a number of incumbents who aren’t running because I think they couldn’t get re-elected in their new districts.

    1. larry kurtz

      Cowgirl: any chance you will write about Daines’ white supremacist buddy Dick Cebull sending him emails?

    2. Craig Moore

      Looks like Schweitzer LIED about tossing the Army IG report when he received it. In fact he wrote a letter pleading for Walsh’s promotion.

      1. Craig Moore

        Ouch! This is going to leave a mark. http://www.krtv.com/news/walsh-was-formally-reprimanded-by-army-over-advocacy/

        The memo, signed by Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, notes that it does
        not constitute “punishment” under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but it also says that
        Walsh’s “failure to adhere to Army Values causes me to question your ability to lead.”

        “As a senior leader, you are expected to understand and comply with all legal and regulatory
        requirements regarding your involvement with NFEs (non-federal entities),” the memo says. “You
        must remain impartial in your dealings with NFEs, no matter how important or worthwhile you may
        believe the organization to be. Your actions were unacceptable, inconsistent with the conduct
        expected of our senior leaders.”

        1. Lynn

          Forgot about this, but its seems the Walsh is being held to a higher standard than Zinke. “The headline on the press release announcing the group on Wednesday trumpeted Zinke as “Former Commander at SEAL TEAM SIX.” That seems a bit misleading: The unit, now known as DEVGRU, hasn’t officially been called SEAL Team Six since 1987, and Zinke once led subordinate units, not the entire SEAL Team.”


        1. Craig Moore

          OMG, from your own article:

          Daines said he was among the first to sign on to a House resolution that would have immediately provided full funding for the BIA, IHS and BIA education programs during the shutdown, but the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to take up any of the “mini CRs.”… “Whether they vote for me or not, that’s their choice,” Daines said. “I want to make sure I’m representing every group back here in Washington, D.C., including every one of Montana’s Indian tribes.”

            1. Craig Moore

              The memo, signed by Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, notes that it does not constitute “punishment” under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but it also says that Walsh’s “failure to adhere to Army Values causes me to question your ability to lead.”

              1. Publius II

                Not to treat Walsh’s reprimand lightly, but the US Army itself has and is guilty of ‘command’ influence in using official government resources by sitting Army commanders to ‘encourage’ membership in AUSA, the Association of the US Army’ which is the Army’s non-profit champions that do the same to get resources for the Army as the National Guard Association has to do to get EQUAL pay and benefits for Army and Air Guard warriors

                1. Craig Moore

                  Don’t know about that situation but consider two things. 1) General Chiarelli doesn’t seem to be the sort to be impressed with that kind of argument. 2) Other wrong doings do not excuse Walsh’s actions or rehabilitate his lapse of leadership example. Chiarelli’s words “failure to adhere to Army Values causes me to question your ability to lead.” will be repeated often in his Senate run. For Bullock to appoint him now may only work against Walsh and harm Bullock himself.

                  1. Moorcat

                    I disagree strongly with that assessment, Craig. As you well know, voters have a short memory. If Walsh can appear “Senator material” after being appointed, he can actually win against Daines. I do have some concerns about the Army report, but that report “scandal” hasn’t gained any traction while Walsh was running an absentee campaign. Now that he actually appears to be campaigning, it doesn’t seem to be gaining any traction either.

                    I would posit that the more Schweitzer says it is “not a big deal” the less impact this will have on Walsh.

                    In my not so humble opinion, Walsh going to Washington is a win/win for Walsh. He gains name recognition and he is given the opportunity to look like Montana’s next Senator. Daines will still be hard to beat, but it would give Walsh a better chance to do it.

                    One other thing – nothing about Walsh will touch Bullock. If Walsh wins, Bullock’s approval won’t increase and even if Walsh loses, it won’t reflect on Bullock. Even the Army issue is more a reflection on Schweitzer than it is on Bullock, since it was Schweitzer that chose not to act on it.

              1. Craig Moore

                The CIC is Obama. Too much of the wacky tobacky???? However, we do know what the rebuke of Walsh is.

                The memo, signed by Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, notes that it does not constitute “punishment” under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but it also says that Walsh’s “failure to adhere to Army Values causes me to question your ability to lead.”… “Your actions were unacceptable, inconsistent with the conduct expected of our senior leaders.”

            1. Publius II

              ‘Shutdown Steve’ trying to sell the ‘snake oil and beads’ to our native-americans in Montana, while at the SAME TIME supporting VOTER SUPPRESSION and shredding the safety net AND degrading native-american healthcare and services PARALYZED by the shutdown, don’t be fooled!

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