Former Congressman Thinks Math Teacher Not Fancy Enough to Run for US Senate

Former GOP Congressman and failed gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill has taken to the internet to attack a Butte math teacher who is running for U.S. Senate. Hill wrote on his Facebook page that state Rep. Amanda Curtis has a “course [sic] nature.”


Presumably Hill is referring to Curtis’s popular down-to-earth and heartfelt YouTube videos. She made these every day during the 2013 legislative session for her constituents, something Rick Hill would never have stooped to do.

Congressman Hill, during his tenure in the nation’s capital, was known for being something of a diva. Hill was rated by George magazine as the “second most-difficult boss” in all of congress. [Source: The Associated Press, “Magazine Finds Hill Second Most Difficult Boss in Congress,” June 19, 1999.]

To earn this dubious distinction, George noted that the Congressman:

–“angrily hurled a letter opener at an aide”

–Shouted: “I DON’T EAT DELI!!” to a staffer who brought him the wrong sandwich

–“fills some afternoons playing Free Cell, a computer game”’

And Hill went through three chiefs of staff, three legislative directors and three schedulers in two years.

There’s no sign his diva mentality has let up since. He appears to have insisted that his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign pay for a new car for him to cross the state in luxury.

As a math teacher, Amanda certainly doesn’t spend several months a year golfing at private clubs in California and Arizona (as Hill does), and she likely has enjoyed the occasional deli sandwich without turning up her nose or throwing a fit.  If that makes her “coarse” then so are most of the rest of us.  As a state legislator, she speaks directly to her constituents in YouTube videos for everybody instead of only to a select few at fancy dinners paid for by corporate lobbyists. She understands the key pocketbook concerns of most Montanans and presents a striking contrast to most members of congress. I think most people would call that a good thing.



59 Comments on "Former Congressman Thinks Math Teacher Not Fancy Enough to Run for US Senate"

  1. Old Line Democrat | August 26, 2014 12:28 PM at 12:28 PM |

    coarse = rough

    course = planned direction of travel.

    Was Mr. Hill issuing a complaint or a compliment?

    It appears his conduct in office (and presumably elsewhere) was coarse.

    His term in office and subsequent campaigns were well off course for most Montanans.

    In both cases no one either Republican or Democrat listens to him.

  2. Um, Rick Hill served two terms.
    And I loved that punk hairdo. She’s perfect for the job — of election pinata.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 26, 2014 12:53 PM at 12:53 PM |

      Election “piñata”? bwhahahahahahahahaa! Why of COURSE, skinflute! She’s a woman! What better way in skinflute world than to hang her up and hit her?! Your not so subtle misogyny is showing again, little fella. You big, tough, macho, Teavillage people dudes just love a metaphor that implies physical violence against a woman! And why not?! She’s outta line. She doesn’t know her place. She’s uppity, thinkin’ that she can compete in Kockh village people world!

      AND, she’s NOT patrician and genteel enough like Pee Wee and lil’ sleazey ricky! Of COURSE she’s coarse, rough, uncultured, plebian! She’s just not royal enough, a royal ASS like lil’ ricky hill and Pee Wee! For you see, we’s just a bunch-o dumb, ignernt, dickwad duckwad dynasty JESUS jumpers here in Montany! Why would we want to send one of our OWN to D.C. when we can send Lord Pee Wee, The Creation Hearted?

      Pee Wee the Creation Hearted of the House of Kockh, all hail Lord Pee Wee Daines!

      too funny

      Try again, Pubbies, try again. I’ve tried to tell you that you can’t figure out how attack Amanda without making yourselves look like fools. So, back to the drawing board! p.s. Here’ a clue. I heard that Amanda likes freakin’ BEER instead of hundred year old bottles of bubbly! SHE’S A PEASANT!


  3. Let’s not forget Hills very public affair with a mermaid at the Sip and Dip. Coarse nature my behind.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 26, 2014 1:04 PM at 1:04 PM |

    Hey, Pubbies, be afraid, VERY afraid! A lone WOMAN’S ridin’ into town! Better hide! Better take cover! The Lone Woman don’t cotton to morons callin’ her coarse!


  5. She’s a left wing gun control freak. Then again international socialist Stalin took all the people’s guns away and national socialist Hitler took all the people’s guns away.

    Herr Reichsfuhrer/Comrade Obama would like to do the same but the people are smarter than he is and have the Constitution on their side.

    Curtis’ nonsense might fly in Nancy Pelosi’s outer space district in San Fransicko but not in Montana.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 8:13 AM at 8:13 AM |

      Nancy who??? Hey, are you a nancy boy, lil’ fella?! Last time I checked, this was STILL Montana, NOT SF! ONLY little nancy boys worry about what happens in San Francisco! Wait! What?! Ohhhh, I get it. You lost your heart, AND your virginity in San Francisco! HEY, that’s cool. Don’t ask don’t tell!


  6. Perhaps he misspoke. Knowing Rick Hill and his history as a Don Juan, he probably was meaning to say that he “would be interested in visiting with Amanda and letting Nature take its Course.”

  7. Gun control freak? Amanda owns a gun herself – she and her husband go but I suppose the reason Repubs revert to backwoods conspiracy mongering and outright lies is because they have no vision, no ideas, and a rapidly shrinking base.

  8. Rick Hill, the consummate expert on the preferences of Democrats and all those he considers under his real of regard since-never!

  9. Hill’s a ‘Putz’ and what’s wrong with a teacher running for office? Obviously, Hill had trouble with his own ‘campaign Math’ with dirty donations.

    • Darrel Armstrong | August 26, 2014 6:51 PM at 6:51 PM |

      ‘What’s wrong with a teacher running?’ That’s obvious, Repuglicans fear Montana producing a female version of Mike Mansfield.

      • Too late. Mansfield did that.

      • Anonymous Butte Resident | August 27, 2014 10:03 AM at 10:03 AM |

        I must have entered the twilight zone, because that is the only explanation how a shameless self promoter with 1 term as a representative and no legislative accomplishments floats her own name to the newspaper and ends up in a US Senate race, could be compared to Mike Mansfield. What a joke, but what do you expect when ultra liberal Forward Montana runs the democrat party.

        FYI: Amanda and her husband are not hunters and thats good thing. Tax payers have already spent enough money rescuing them from the mountains.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 10:41 AM at 10:41 AM |

          Well then, I guess that you’ll be voting for the great white hunter, Pee Wee Daines!
          Do you guys cal him Bwana? Jus’ wondering! What is Pee Wee’s hunting record for the record? I’m sure he’s nailed’em all!

          And I gotta tell ya, WHO tol’ ya first that you Pubbies don’t have a clue as to how to attack Amanda. Shameless self-promoter??? Where have we heard THAT one before? The GUV! BRIAN SHCWEITZER was also endlessly labeled the shameless self-promter……EVEN WHILE KICKING YOUR SORRY ASSES over and over again! Bad, baaad plan of attack. For we ALL know Schweitzer’s record! So, go ahead and use it! It’s the best you got! We’ll take all the shameless we got!

          And please, SOME of us are old enough to remember Mike Mansfield quite well. And I guaran TEE you that Mike would love Amanda! She’s the real deal, just like Mike was. But HEY, you Butte Pubes gave us Judy Mars, the WORST governor this state has ever had! So you got no room to talk. Amanda ain’t gettin’ know sweetheart deals Montana Power for land that I know of!

          Problem IS of course, that Pee Wee’s been outed, and people don’t like him. He works for the Kockhs, and that’s it. And it politics, just like the holy Buybull, you live by the Kochk, you DIE by the Kockh!

        • Lame-o (comments)

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 9:07 PM at 9:07 PM |

            Really? And you are???……. Something I’m sure. Impress us with your erudition, sweetie! WHAT? You have none?! You have no learning? No higher ed?! Sad, so sad. Don’t fart and run. That’s unbecoming! En vino veritas!

  10. Yeah, how about that Rick Perry moment on Bozeman morning TV? Pinata. I’m just waiting to see what spills when she finally pops.

  11. Not “Fancy” -not a millionaire.

  12. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 7:48 AM at 7:48 AM |

    Welcome to Pee Wee’s Playhouse! STILL think that Pee Wee Daines and his cowhorerts aren’t working for the Big Kockh brothers and NOT you? Well, take a listen!

    Jesus. Like they say, there are way more of us than them. DON’T vote for these fascist bastards!

  13. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 7:51 AM at 7:51 AM |

    Welcome to Pee Wee’s Playhouse, aka Kockistan! Great letter to ed.

    Save Federal Land

    Federal land is one of the great treasures of Montana, even though they are only 30 percent of the total land mass. U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and the state Republican Party wants to “grant federally managed public lands to the state.” In July, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, filed an amendment to the Sportsmen’s Act to limit federal ownership of land.

    If Daines and his party were successful, I believe 50 percent of eastern Montana ranchers’ businesses and way of life would be destroyed. The 2013 Bureau of Land Management Hi-Line environmental impact statement shows 718 grazing allotments between 160 and 139,399 acres, and the 2013 BLM Miles City EIS shows 1,447 grazing leases between 160 and 20,997 acres. Under the BLM grazing lease, $1.35 per month per cow is the fee. On the private land being offered in the Republican platform, grazing fees go from between $15 and $25 per month.

    Who would buy this federal land if it was sold off? It would not be the neighbors or permittees, only out-of-state investors including large multinational corporations with large sums of money. Maybe some of Daines’ friends he met in China when he worked in Hong Kong and mainland China for six years would step up.

    It will be a slow death. With no BLM lease collateral, first the lending institutions, then equipment dealers and chemical companies and operating loans would cease.

    Is this what we are voting for?

    — Dyrck Van Hyning,

  14. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 8:02 AM at 8:02 AM |

    Welcome to Pee Wee’s Playhouse, aka New Kockistan!

    I recently had an encounter with the privatization of formerly public court duties. My idiot son got a parking ticket on my car and didn’t tell me about it. Well, some months later I got a threatening letter in the mail indicating that I had been turned over to some sort of bizarre collection agency. Well, I immediately paid the fine. Then, a few months later, I received another letter, this one was a little different in style. It appeared to be from the city court. It stated that I STILL owed money on a parking ticket. I thought what the hell? So I called them. The lady insisted that they had no record of me paying the fine, but I insisted that I did.

    Finally, I happened to mention that the letter I received first was a different color than the one that their office sent. That was an aha moment for the lady. She said let me check something. Turns out that had INDEED paid the fine to the collection agency, but apparently they do NOT let the city know. So I still could have been arrested for not paying a traffic ticket even though I had!

    Bizarre stuff going on, and all part of Poverty Capitalism. Yes, that’s right. Poverty Capitalism. Remember that term. When the corporate fascists have stolen everything, then it’s time to make us bleed! Make the poor bleed even more! If they can’t pay, tough shit! The private prison industry makes money! Yes, we are Iraq! We are ALL Iraquis now!

  15. I hope that when Curtis spoke to the mine workers in Colstrip she pointed out that in the real world it’s not Obama and the EPA that’s destroying the coal industry, it’s the oil & gas boys who are producing a cheaper and easier-to-manage fuel, the turbine-builders at GE (both gas-fired and wind) and the utility executives who favor 21st century technology over a labor-intensive 19th century technology.
    If Daines and other Republicans want to prop up a dying industry, that’s their problem.

  16. Amanda is kicking butt over Daines in the Bozeman Chronicle online poll.

    • Anonymous Butte Resident | August 27, 2014 3:22 PM at 3:22 PM |


      • Yes it is meaningless.

        However if (a big IF) Daines and Curtis share a stage and debate the issues I have a feeling she will mop the floor with him.

        To Steve Daines, do not be afraid of discussing the issues in an open forum, all you have to lose is an election.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 6:50 PM at 6:50 PM |

      Can I share a story with you? I talked to a friend today who is a big Pubbie. And you wanna know what he told me? He told me that his DAUGHTER loves Amanda Curtis and plans to vote for her! This will be her first time voting, and much to the dismay of her rabid ReePube daddy, she will cast the very FIRST vote of her life for a woman! Now, multiply that by THOUSANDS, and you will better understand Amanda’s appeal. As I told Amanda last night, YOU CAN DO THIS! And she smiled and agreed! So, let’s just DO it! It’s not unlike Montana to send a message to the robber barons. We’ve done it in the before. It’s our history. The ’72 Con Con, and I-137. ‘Bout time to do it again! It’s our history. Now, we’ll make it our LEGACY!

      Time to tell the Big Kockhs that Montana ain’t for sale. Time to tell the Big Kockhs that WE Montanans ain’t puttin’ on the Kockh collar any time soon! And for Pee Wee Daines, use him as DOOR stop! He could prolly do that successfully! Pee Wee, the very FIRST creation boy door stop! He’s qualified!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 8:28 PM at 8:28 PM |

      Oh…….my………GOD! Just do it! GO to the Bozo Chronic and read their poll! Amanda is INDEED whupping the little pisssant’s heiny! And who told you first. ME! Thas who! Amanda is gonna WIN this thing! And well she should! She’s one of us. She IS Montana!

      And what are Pee Wee and the Kochk brothers? I won’t speculate, and I won’t expectorate!

      Be afraid, Kockh brothers. Be very afraid! This is STILL Montana. We remember very well the copper collar. And you AIN’T no match with your Kockh collar! We kicked your asses before, and we will AGAIN! And yes, you can take that personally! BTW, I hate to reiterate, but just WHAT part did your son of a bitch no good daddy have in the JFK assassination? I’ll take a lie detector test, will YOU??

      For you see, you fascist bastards, we ree MEMBER Marcus Dailey who gave us the Columbia Gardens. He BUILT that for the enjoyment of his workers, WE workers who worked underground in dirty, dangerous work so that he could thrive and prosper.

      And what have YOU dirty bastards given us? A “creation museum”? Well, F*CK that! We know good robber barons from shitbags, and YOU assholes and your little buddy Pee Wee Daines are SHITBAGS!

      Come ON, Butte! Remember your roots! Frank Little. Ever heard of him! He WOULDN’T have voted for the Kockh collar!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 8:31 PM at 8:31 PM |

        Young dudes in Butte. You dudes USED to have some nuts! Do you still? THAT is the question! Get your sorry asses OUT there and protect one of your own!'s_Army

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 9:11 PM at 9:11 PM |

          Coxey’s Army in culture[edit]

          Among the people observing the march was L. Frank Baum, before he gained fame. There are political interpretations of his book, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which have often been related to Coxey’s Army. In the novel, Dorothy, the Scarecrow (the American farmer), Tin Woodman (the industrial worker), and Cowardly Lion (William Jennings Bryan), march on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, the Capital (or Washington, D.C.), demanding relief from the Wizard, who is interpreted to be the President. Dorothy’s shoes (made of silver in the book, not the familiar ruby that is depicted in the movie) are interpreted to symbolize using free silver instead of the gold standard (the road of yellow brick) because the shortage of gold precipitated the Panic of 1893. In the film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the silver shoes were turned into ruby for the cinematic effect of color, as Technicolor was still in its early years when the movie was produced. However, this theory was not advanced until many decades after the book was written

        • Mr. Ranger, your call to action should be directed to the “young dudes” in Billings since that is where she is from. She has only lived in Butte for a few years.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 28, 2014 10:27 AM at 10:27 AM |

            But the young dudes in Butte have the history in their blood! You can’t buy that. Son’s and daughters of miners KNOW shit from shinola, and they know where they came from. They KNOW what needs to be done to help the people of this state and country. They must find their roots and act upon it, just like their ancestors did. The robber barons are still here, the just changed their names to Big Kockhs!

            And the Mizoola crowd needs to energize and direct their activism and getting Amanda elected. Will they? I dunno. I’m hoping they do. The Dims need to put their petty squabbles aside to thwart Pee Wee the Creation Hearted from the House of Kockh! All hail Lord Pee Wee and his court jester, Mermaid Man!

            And the YOUNG people of this state need to comprehend that it’s THEIR future that is being sold off to the Big Kockh brothers. Hell, us old farts won’t be around much longer, but we still have a sense of duty to fight like hell the corporate fascist take over of the country.

            And the women of the state must fully realize the opportunity to do something historic in one fell swoop! Sure, most of them weren’t around to fight for women’s rights back in the sixties, but now, they have a real chance to send a champion for their cause to D.C. And why shouldn’t they? Doesn’t the senate have ENOUGH old, fat, bald, white, misogynist corporate fascists there already? Why SHOULDN’T a young, bright, talented woman be part of the mix? Second class status is gettin’ REAL old for the women of this country. I envision Amada Curtis to be another Elizabeth Warren some day. She has the gene, the fighter gene!

            So, yeah, it ain’t just the Butte boys and girls that’ll do it. It’s all of us this time. Sharpen up your pencils and get them letters to the ed rollin’! REMIND folks that Lord Pee Wee is bad, baaad news! With Pee Wee in the senate and the Pubes calling the shots, they’re gonna steal EVERYTHING that’s left! Don’t let’em!

  17. What we are hearing up here is that the Republican money machine in DC known as the RCCC is going to parachute someone into the state with campaign experience and try to right the ship. Zinke has less money than Amanda Curtis and every newspaper trashing him. Zinke brought in a selection of staffers who have never gone through a campaign, no veterans. He is now paying for it. Many conservaetives are enjoying watching it. Zinke is a liberal, not a conservative, and true conservatives will not be coming to his defense in the next few months. How many times do Republicans need to make the same mistake of nominating a non-conservative Republican, and then losing constantly, before they wise up. Mitt Romney, Jon McCain, etc and so on. Conservatives will be leaving their ballot blank for the House race and Zinke stands a good chance to lose. Pro-abortion, anti-logging, pro-immigration, voted for every Schweitzer budget.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 27, 2014 9:17 PM at 9:17 PM |

      Dude, Zhtinke is NOT running against Amanda. Sorry to inform you of your ignorance.

      The D.C. Pubes better parachute in a BATTALION in for the defense of Pee Wee Daines, who is INDEED running a losing battle against Amanda Curtis, the next Jeanette Rankin from the great state of Montana!

  18. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 28, 2014 10:03 AM at 10:03 AM |

    DAMN I hate when that happens! Do you think that Pee Wee Daines could ask his Big Kockh benefactors to maybe rescind suffrage?! HEY, it’s worth a shot! Things go better with Koch money, right Pee Wee? You see, Pee Wee and the Pubes would not HAVE a women problem at all if women couldn’t vote! End of story, end of problem! And that’s what the ReePubes are, they are problem solvers! Like Bush the decider, Pee Wee’s the solverer!

    I guess that this does bode well for the one I shall not name, that non-person running against Pee Wee. I must ignore that one I shall not name JUST as my hero Pee Wee the Creation Hearted does! Oh sure, the one I shall not name is gonna try like HELL to garner the women’s vote, even though their votes should not be counted! But will it be ENUFF to get the one I shall not name elected? We’ll see. We’ll see.

    See below:

  19. OT: I thought some of you might want to know the latest from Dillon. Here’s an open letter to the City Council that will catch you up.

    Open Letter to the Dillon City Council
    August 27, 2014

    Lady and Gentlemen:

    Some time in September you will meet to decide whether or not to pass a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) protecting, in the city of Dillon, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from unfair treatment in their employment, housing, and in public accommodations.

    Despite the legalistic smoke screen the city attorney has thrown up, a smoke screen designed to allow you to avoid having to publicly deal with the main issue (discrimination against gay people), your decision will be a very simple one.

    You will vote either to protect gay people in the city of Dillon from being fired from their jobs on account of their sexual orientation or you will vote to allow employers to fire them for being gay with no repercussions. You will vote either to protect gay people from being evicted from their houses or apartments on account of their sexual orientation or you will vote to allow landlords to evict them for being gay with no repercussions.

    The main problem, of course, is not in Dillon but in the State Legislature. They have, for some time, been opposed to protecting the civil rights of gay people. That’s the reason why several cities have taken it upon themselves to pass local ordinances to afford these protections to their citizens. That’s why you’ve been asked to join the cities of Butte, Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula in passing a protective ordinance.

    Some people have asked, “Why don’t we just wait for the State Legislature to act? Isn’t this something that should be decided at state level?”

    The question is actually a pretty cynical one, for we all know that the Legislature isn’t going to pass laws protecting gay people in most of our lifetimes. That’s because both houses of the legislature are firmly under the control of a political party which until just two years ago had the following plank in their platform: “We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.” This change in their platform was a belated and reluctant recognition of the fact that, since a court ruling in 1997, homosexual acts are no longer actually “illegal” in Montana.

    The anti-homosexual language may have been removed from this party’s platform, but the belief that homosexuals are somehow evil and deserve to be punished lives on. Why should legislators holding this belief be expected to pass laws protecting such people?

    Some and maybe all of you on the City Council are members of the party I’m referring to. You may or may not share the strong anti-homosexual bias displayed by your party leaders.

    Whatever you believe, I hope when you make your vote in September on the proposed antidiscrimination ordinance that you’ll at least be honest. If you think gay people don’t deserve the protections afforded other American citizens under the Constitution, say so. Don’t hide behind the legalistic excuses the city attorney has given you to avoid taking a public position.

    Finally, please remember that whichever way the vote goes, it will clearly define the kind of city we are. It will declare to others in the state and in the nation that Dillon, Montana, is either a tolerant, welcoming place or a small-minded, bigoted place where some people cannot expect to be treated fairly. Whichever way the vote goes, it will have important positive or negative consequences.

    Richard Turner
    Dillon, MT

  20. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 28, 2014 12:18 PM at 12:18 PM |

    James Conner is reporting that Amanda Curtis drew a big crowd in Kalispell. I wish he’d have written a little more though. Maybe he will. Good pic of our next senator though.

    What we SHOULD do is put that pic of Amanda next to a pic of smarmy little Lord Pee Wee Daines and compare and contrast the two. You can tell a lot about a person from their face. Look at Amanda’s eyes. Amanda doesn’t look AT you. She looks THROUGH you! That’s the look you can’t hide from, for it’s completely honest. And that’s Amanda. Honest to the core. Honest enough to post a video every day to tell us what was going on. I like that in a person. No WONDER Lord Pee Wee doesn’t want to debate! It would be a JFK/Nixon moment! Pee Wee is probably watching the polls very closely and getting more nervous all the time, for if it gets TOO close, you just know that the Big Kockhs are gonna force Pee Wee onto the debate stage! Then boy howdy look out! Pee Wee’s liable to wet down both LEGS when his talking point don’t have legs against a sharp cookie like Amanda!

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