TEA Party PAC Works to Put Birther Bob Wagner Back in Office
A Billings TEA Partier is running a political action committee help skyrocket the TEA Party back into the national spotlight. Just not in they way they probably hoped.
A TEA Party political action committee known as the Conservative Majority PAC is working to put Birther Bob Wagner back in the state legislature. If Wagner wins, national media outlets should park a satellite van outside of the capitol building throughout the session an watch as the ludicrous bills, statements, and proposals roll in.
Conservative flyers are arriving in Madison County attacking Birther Bob’s opponent Ray Shaw. Local voters booted Wagner in favor of Shaw after they saw the mess he made of the 2011 legislative session. That’s when Wagner’s birther bill made the state a national laughingstock after Wagner appeared on CNN.
And who could forget his bill to run the state government like a leprechaun colony–with buckets of gold and silver. (HB 513, 2011) I guess the TEA Party talking points didn’t include the fact that the gold standard is widely thought to have been responsible for the Great Depression.
Rep. Wagner even went so far as to refute the fiscal note for the bill because:
This fiscal note is denominated in dollar units of exchange, when in fact the State has no dollar units of exchange as defined by Act 1 Section 10 of the US Constitution and Act 1, Section 9 as well as The Coinage Act of April 2, 1972.
Somehow Wagner was able to put these objections aside when he cashed his legislative paycheck.
So what is known about this PAC and its backers? It’s treasurer is a man named James Pennington, an anti-medical marijuana and TEA Party crusader extraordinaire.
Pennington apparently runs an oil and vinegar multi-level marketing “home party” company in Billings. He also works for a homebuilding/subdivision company there. He also appears to really like Alice in Wonderland related youtube videos. To each his own.
When Pennington isn’t testifying at the Montana legislature to keep the terminally ill from getting pain medication, he likes to file frivolous political practices complaints against Governor Bullock.
He was listed on the Koch Brother’s Freedom Works website as a Montana contact, which for some reason someone has taken down, but you can see it thanks to the miracle of google cache and screenshots. Local voters already ousted Wagner in favor of Shaw once, but apparently a Koch brothers-affiliated PAC thinks it knows better than the citizens of Madison County.
So now the Conservative Majority PAC is working to put birthers in the legislature over Republicans who might actually retain a brain cell or two. Western Traditions Partnership did this same 2010 and look what kind of legislature we had in 2011. In Madison County, WTP helped defeat a Republican most locals really liked–a man named Les Gilman.
It isn’t known if the Conservative Majority PAC is also helping these two, however, just yesterday a tipster received diatribe against Ryan Zinke in the mail box no name, just the same Billings return address.
There is quite a group of nutjobs in Madison County, as readers here know. Take Madison County Commissioner and TEA Party Republican Dan Happel, who goes around wasting public resources by filling other county’s commission agenda’s with Agenda 21 conspiracy theories and ravings about the county secessionist movement. Apparently local justice court judge candidate Victor Bunitsky is also one of this bunch.
Shaw has a response ad in this week’s Madisonian, in which he shoots down the falsehoods in the attack mailer. He explains that school curriculum are set by local school boards, which are elected by local voters, not the Montana legislature. He also explains how his vote to help local businesses and hospitals who provide good paying jobs open by accepting the federal funds for health care for the working poor (something the Montana Chamber of Commerce supported) was a vote for his constituents. It’s no different than accepting federal highway funds or defense contracts. Finally, he refutes the ridiculous Roger Koopman nutjob scorecard called “TAB“, where pro-business and development bills that put taxpayer money back to work in the communities to create jobs is called socialism.
Here is Shaw’s ad: