Montana’s Most Extreme Legislative Candidate?

Taylor Rose

The Flathead Memo reports that Taylor Rose, the former GOP legislative staffer who wrote that the “secessionist movement needs more oxygen” has filed for office in Columbia Falls House District 3.  That seat is currently held by Rep. Zac Perry, a legislator who has earned the respect of locals of both parties for his fair, thoughtful approach to lawmaking.

According to his own writings, Rose believes that the government plans to “eliminate” the Internet and redefine terrorism as “American Patriots, rather than jihadists.”  He has also written on such topics as “Forging Anglosphere Identity” and pines for a “future female rejection of the 1960s feminist and sexual revolutions.

Cowgirl readers will recall that while Rose worked for Sen. Debby Barrett (R-Dillon) he deleted his entire twitter account after it was discovered that he tweeted that water rights for Native Americans was “the great tragedy of the 2015 #mtleg.”

Taylor Rose was the former vice-president of “Youth for Western Civilization,” an agitator for European hard-right white nationalist movements and a writer for the online conspiracy site World Net Daily. As you can see from the screenshot above, his Facebook page includes public support for Austria’s right-wing anti-immigrant party.

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Cowgirl tipsters  have also uncovered some of Rose’s more unsavory beliefs.  As the Southern Law Poverty Center reports, Rose wrote that:

“the federal government has one thing in mind: the complete and total overhaul of the American liberty system and the destruction of all Christian, patriotic and elements of right-wing power in the United States.”

He has been tied to white nationalist groups in the U.S. and Europe: 

He has also written a book describing his utopian ideal which he says will emerge from the “New World Order.”  James Conner has uncovered more information on this guy’s background, which you’ll want to go read. 


13 Comments on "Montana’s Most Extreme Legislative Candidate?"

  1. Wow! This guy does not have a chance of winning this seat, according to a friend of mine who lives in this district. Perry is a local guy concerned about and involved with local issues. Armed with the info above, as well as more to come, Perry will have no problem smearing this guy!

  2. Old Line Democrat | October 1, 2015 12:56 PM at 12:56 PM |

    While I hope Lucy’s friend’s assessment of his chances are accurate, this candidacy should inspire some investigation into the process of how this fellow comes to be running for a legislative seat in Columbia Falls. The brief synopsis of his past/current activities indicate that he is not a home grown Montana citizen looking to advance the state’s interests. I would think (and hope someone with more investigative skills and time than I) could trace this fellow’s real origins and how it came to pass that he came to live in Columbia Falls. I don’t think he was enticed by a job at the aluminum plant or the prospect of a service job in Whitefish that only pays enough if you live in or around Columbia Falls.

    I would have to believe that a look into this guys path to Montana politics will show that it is steeped in the darkest of money by people trying to turn Montana into some other place than it is or has been. Similar candidates with similar questionable backgrounds will be popping up all across this state and it is up to us to expose this insidious process.

  3. Old Line Democrat | October 1, 2015 1:25 PM at 1:25 PM |

    Just a bit further west on U S 2. Where did he really come from before his conservative education at Liberty University?

  4. Some more links (hope they work):

    Rose’s resume (different contact info and some good history)

    I find the R.E. McMaster connection interesting and Vlaams Belang is just the sort of organization he would love ( and would appreciate his views…

    Flores, the treasurer, looks like a decent local woman based on her Facebook profile. Some sort of connection to Portland, Oregon (maybe) between the two. J-Conner or others may know more about the Flores family.

    Given this is northwest Montana and his connections to the state GOP and Daines, I’d give him a good shot up there. Frightening.

  5. The sad truth is all these whack jobs have more than a decent chance of getting elected in the various ultra conservative enclaves found in Western MT. Far too many voters in Flathead, Lake, Ravalli counties find these kind of characters acceptable.

  6. I believe someone is using those vacuum bags (the ones used to store large amounts of things by sucking all the air out) to pack all their wild notions into one person. You don’t get this sort of buffet at Golden Corral.

  7. Who really is this man, Taylor Rose, and where did he come from? If all the reports on his ultra right activities in the United States and abroad are correct, I should think we need to fear him and fear those who would support him, too.

    James Conner, in his Flathead Memo, says Taylor Rose graduated in 2011 from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchberg, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and a minor in Strategic Intelligence from the university’s Helms School of Government, which was named for former ultra-right conservative and bigoted North Carolina Republican U.S. Senator Jesse Helms.

    (Google U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms to see for yourself how Helms and Jerry Falwell could be friends. Falwell, you might remember, stated from the pulpit that God sent the human immunodeficiency virus and the AIDS disease to the world to punish homosexuals. Helms, in 30 years in the U.S. Senate, continually harangued about homosexuals.)

    According to the Liberty University website, studies in Strategic Intelligence appear to be a subdivision of its Criminal Justice programs and can be accessed on-line. The website states:

    “In Liberty University Online’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Strategic Intelligence program, you will gain foundational knowledge and skills to accurately examine and analyze criminal trends and patterns, to counter criminal behavior and terrorism with tactical efforts. Courses will strengthen your leadership and managerial skills; emphasizing the importance of applying ethics to practices and integrating faith with learning in a strategic and challenging atmosphere.”

    If Montana Senate leader Debbie Barrett had Taylor Rose on her staff (Paid?, a volunteer?), I’m wondering what she thought the man could bring to the table in Helena that would benefit the state. Also, I’m wondering how they met.

    Who’s recruiting people like Rose, anyway?

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