This isn’t the first time TEA Partiers have sought to undermine Montana elections and deceive Montana voters. What’s happening in Bozeman and Sanders County also happened in Ravalli County in 2012, the Missoulian reported at the time. (It’s one more special distinction Ravalli doesn’t need.)
TEA Party Republicans have proven they have no qualms about lying to voters or the press. It’s all part of a greater Republican strategy to suppress the vote. Here’s how it works.
Montana has two top nationally targeted races this year–for House and U.S. Senate–and taking back the MT legislature has never been more important–you could make the case its more important than Congress since that body does not seem to be able to get much done. With so much money being spent in Montana, there will be very few undecided voters. This means the election will be decided by who is best able to turn out voters for their candidates. Voter turnout is of course where local central committees, legislative races, and those working with local candidates are invaluable.
By causing confusion about which candidates are fake Dems which are not, the TEA party is hoping some Democrats won’t vote in the precinct level races at all–or vote for the wrong candidate. The confusion will force local Dems to spend more resources—resources they could have used to help elect legislative candidates and democrats in the federal races in the fall.
When I wrote about this before, I said we should expect to see the Republicans repeat this trick in again, in other races, and here we are. It’s unlikely these are the only races, nor will this be the last time these tricks are played on Montanans.