Which conservative strategist decided it was a good idea to make a convicted sex offender the public face of the TEA Party’s battle for legislature in the Flathead?
For what is perhaps one of the most bizarre evolutions in the ongoing kerfuffle between TEA Party extremists and the more main street brand of Republicans, we turn to the Flathead.
Ron Glick a “self-professed political prisoner” and convicted sex offender has put out a press release accusing Republican former police chief Frank Garner of “corruption” and “retaliation” against Mr. Glick. Glick says he spent 5 years in prison and now lives as a registered sex offender not because of his own actions but because Glick filed a lawsuit against Garner, who was police chief when this convicted sex offender was arrested and put away.
Garner is running against TEA Party conservative Ronalee Skees, wife of Derek Skees, a former legislator who is now running for PSC.
The press release, opens with:
“Ron Glick was a successful director of a seven year old charitable nonprofit aimed at providing educational activities for youth. Today, Mr. Glick has survived five years incarceration in prison and is a registered sex offender because – as he alleges – Frank Garner retaliated against him for filing a lawsuit in the local courts against him.”
Yes, this is a convicted criminal who is blaming the police chief for his crime.
No word yet from Ronalee and Derek Skees on their position over Glick’s accusations, but I’m sure the local press will be asking questions soon. If the TEA Party or campaign was involved with this, it smacks of the most imbecilic desperation. If they were not involved, this appears to be a reason to vote for Garner in the primary. Most people would prefer sex offenders to be held accountable.
Glick’s entire press release is below the fold. He’s also put out a youtube video statement.
If the TEA partiers can’t enlist some better spokespeople to support their campaigns, they’re in trouble.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/FrankGarner for the related media content to this press release.
Frank Garner Labeled As Politically Corrupt
Victim of Montana House District 7 Seat Candidate Speaks Out
Ron Glick, self-identified U.S. Political Prisoner, alleges abuse of office against Garner
In 2003, Ron Glick was a successful director of a seven year old charitable nonprofit aimed at providing educational activities for youth. Today, Mr. Glick has survived five years incarceration in prison and is a registered sex offender because – as he alleges – Frank Garner retaliated against him for filing a lawsuit in the local courts against him.
Ron Glick posted a public video on YouTube on May 4, 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/FrankGarner), relating abuse at the hands of Montana House District 7 seat candidate Frank Garner that, at the very least, attests to elements of corruption, official misconduct, witness tampering and abuse of office. Mr. Garner served as the Police Chief of the Kalispell Police Department in 2003 when Mr. Glick filed a lawsuit against Mr. Garner, the City of Kalispell, MT, and several other officials (Case No. DV 03-572, Montana Eleventh Judicial District), for ongoing harassments directed against him by Mr. Garner and others for his advocacy against the Kalispell Police Department, a lawsuit that was never completed because Mr. Glick was imprisoned shortly after filing it. Mr. Glick alleges in his YouTube video that his incarceration was in direct retaliation for the lawsuit.
Mr. Glick states in the video that his girlfriend’s daughters were abducted two days after filing suit and that he was incarcerated for sixteen months without a trial or probable cause hearing, followed by a “kangaroo court” trial, and that the state’s “manufactured witness”, Frank Allen, was dead ten days after his trial. He also alleges that the charging documents were filed against him at 4:33am, and that they were authorized by the judge at 4:44am, though only with a stamp, not signature (official record of Mr. Glick’s prosecution (Case No. DC 04-066, Montana Eleventh Judicial District) supports this allegation). Mr. Glick further alleges that all of this was “spearheaded” by Mr. Garner.
Mr. Glick further attests to a conversation between himself and Mr. Garner when Mr. Glick sought to obtain police records. According to Mr. Glick, Mr. Garner not only refused to comply with Montana law regarding production of official records, but Mr. Garner also retorted in response to what authority he had to deny the request, “Under what authority? Because I say so, that’s what authorty [sic].”
If taken as true, this is an extremely harsh representation of an individual seeking a first term state political office. Through Ron Glick’s testimony, Frank Garner is presented as a corrupt official who is only seeking to expand his existing corrupt influence. Mr. Garner was not able to be reached for comment.