…right-wing conservative candidate Tonya Shellnut of Billings.
For writing a book chronicling her own choices and lamenting the lack of control she had over her own body–then leading an organization whose goal is the shame women and deny them freedom and control over their own bodies–Tonya Shellnut is this week’s hands down winner.
Tonya Shellnut is the Montana State Director for Concerned Women for America, a position for which she apparently volunteers because the organization has not been able to raise any funds to pay a staff person.
“The Concerned Women for America,” as your women friends will surely tell you, is concerned with some very important stuff, especially about calling feminists sluts and telling us to keep our legs shut and denying women the freedom to obtain birth control. Shellnut doesn’t mention the Concerned Women on her website, nor does she mention some of the aspects of her life story chronicled her book, “Women Power Revolution: Understanding True Feminism” (written like the Ron Paul Revolution graphic) in which she explains how she found that true “feminism” was of the conservative “true femininity” woman hating right-wing traditional role variety.
The book contains passages describing Shellnut’s own life, such as the time she, on her 13th birthday, decided to “get all dolled up and found any male willing to show [her] some attention” then “got drunk” and as Shellnut puts it “gave my innocence” to a 21-year old.
Her book describes various other alcoholic blackouts and episodes of “waking up completely naked with someone I did not know next to me” and finding herself “unwed and pregnant” which is of course a very big no-no in the right-wing Concerned Women for America doctrine.
Indeed, Shellnut also writes that she was a victim of sexual abuse in her book. For lamenting this lack of control over her own body, then signing up up to lead a movement which denies other women that control makes Shellnut a hypocrite. You can read more passages from her book here, here, and here.
Concerned Women of American made a stopover in Montana last election cycle as part a bus tour of Chick-fil-A restaurants and “parking lots near Chick-Fil-A”s to tell America about their highly credible organization. According to the watchdog group Right Wing Watch, the Concerned Women for America are concerned that health care reform violates each and every single one of the Ten Commandments, that gays are discriminatory bullies who hate American democracy, that climate change science is a conspiracy against poor people, and that President Obama wants communists to control America’s children.
And speaking of the ten commandments, as anyone who has ever driven through the Flathead knows, one of the Ten Commandments is “Though shall not bear false witness.” But this very God fearing TEA Partier seems to have a problem with the truth when it comes to her affiliation with the TEA party. Shellnut claims to have no affiliation with the TEA Party, you see.
Yet she was eager enough to affiliate with them when it came time to appear as a speaker about preserving “our” legacies at their gatherings–and to be endorsed by them on various TEA Party Facebook pages, as you can see from the screenshots below. When November comes around, Montana voters should tell Shellnut to keep her hypocrisy–and her backwards views on women, LGBT Montanans, health care, science, and education to herself. They don’t belong in Montana law.