Republican operatives are moving up in the world, now that the GOP has had a good year. It’s a colorful bunch.
Randy Vogel, Denny Rehberg’s long time aide, will be Ryan Zinke’s state director. Vogel was last discussed on this blog when he was being prosecuted for poaching an elk out of season. He was acquitted. Also, several sources tell me that Vogel’s nickname when he was on the police force was “Thumper” for the way he treated detainees. And we know Zinke will be well protected, because Vogel once punched out a critic of Rehberg at a bar where Vogel and Denny were drinking.
Bowen Greenwood, meanwhile, fresh off of his big electoral victories, has been snatched up by the Montana Family Foundation. That’s a good fit, for several reasons. First, Greenwood is a very religious person. While other GOP operatives tweet often about politics, Bowen tweets mostly about Jesus as well as his own religious writings. Second, the Family Foundation will have outsized influence in the 2015 legislature, with alumni luminaries such as Lazsloffy and Lamm heading up committees.
But lest you think Greenwood to be a total square, see this video of him letting his hair down to Baby Got Back. Perhaps he was celebrating his Family Foundation appointment:
Moving on, Chris Shipp, a young up-and-coming right-wing brown shirt, will be taking over for Bowen. Shipp, 25, spent his time at Carroll College and UM Law as a Rob Natelson disciple. Natelson is the wingnut extraordinaire law professor who has argued the legal basis for the pro-slavery doctrine of Nullification, which holds that states may selectively ignore federal law.
And the State Fund, which administers our state’s workers comp system and often screws workers, has shown its true political colors by hiring Ethan Heverly, the campaign manager for Matt Rosendale (the frightening uber-right candidate who lost in the primary), as government affairs director. Heverly was also a member of the “McCain Youth.” That’s an excellent fit, as the State Fund’s latest promotional campaign is modeled on a slogan that the Nazis employed at the entrance to concentration camps.