Montana Republicans Step Up Attack on Party Moderates

Chuck Johnson reported yesterday that the Flathead Republican Party has publicly censured veteran Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell for not being enough of a right-wing TEA Partier and for daring to actually support water rights for the one Montana tribe which still lacks a water compact.

Today, Senate Republicans are expected to announce their committee assignments.  Cowgirl tipsters report that Republicans will stack certain committees with more republicans than merited by the make up of the house and senate (so that some committees are not representative of the proportion of Ds and Rs in the Senate) as a way of thwarting the efforts of moderates to properly represent the views of the people in their districts.

There are also rumors that GOP leadership is pulling more experienced and knowledgable people from committees they’ve served on in the past if right-wingers fear they they will not toe the TEA Party line. The senate may also cut the entire number of members on the senate’s most important committee Finance and Claims.  Whether this is a move to make sure no moderates have a voice on that committee or as a way to punish moderates for past votes I can’t say.   These contortions may help right-wing leadership more easily force its will on GOP lawmakers, but they also ensure the voters of many districts will not have the representation they deserve.

None of these games serve the people of Montana well.

We’ll see if this holds true when the senate assignments are announced today.  House assignments are rumored to be much worse.



14 Comments on "Montana Republicans Step Up Attack on Party Moderates"

  1. The clowns are in charge at the asylum. Let the games begin. Montanans will become the losers and our state will look more like the backyard of a Texas wildcatter.

  2. Old Line Democrat | November 19, 2014 8:42 AM at 8:42 AM |

    Cowgirl, you should also keep an eye on the assignment of proposed legislation to inappropriate committees because those committees are chaired by hard core Tea Party/Right Wing members. These folks will make every effort to manipulate the process so that open discussion and fair hearings of legislative proposals are severely curtailed or eliminated.
    Their leaderships'(?) responses to the “illegal” meeting at Jorgensons demonstrates their absolute lack of candor in this process and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
    You and your readers need to be the sunlight shining on this stuff as the Main Stream media in Montana is all but bought and paid for right now.

  3. Tutvedt isn’t right wing enough?!?!?! Holy Ned. If the man were any righter he’d fall over.

  4. Today’s GOP is the party of Corporatism. Benito Mussolini said it best, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”. The Corporatists (neo-Fascists) must be stopped before it’s too late.

  5. Here’s a good account of the charges Bruce Tutvedt’s detractors are hurling at him:

    • Wow. Those guys really are whacked out nut jobs. What the hell is in the water up there in the Flathead???

      • I drink bottled water when I’m in the Flathead and Maker’s Mark……helps in dealing with the inbred mentality of some of the folks that live in the area.

  6. The republicans don’t want the moderates unless it’s Zinke and they don’t want the far right in O’Neil. Go figure.


    Even folks in Whitefish FED UP with extremists, haters where even neo-cons don’t get respect from the private ski club that favors white power fanatic over rational conservative….this was lead in on Rachel Maddow tonight.

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