Ted Cruz’s campaign has released a list of Montanans it calls its “leadership team.” The list is a veritable who’s who of wing nuts putting the crack in crackpot ideas. Here’s a screenshot in case this gets…ahem…revised.
Let’s take a look:
Dan Happel who the Cruz press release actually identifies as “Agenda 21 Speaker” has made it his mission to stop a plot that Happel has discovered–before it destroys the constitution and the middle class. The plot, known as Agenda 21, is being carried out by “oligarchic elite” (AKA government employees), who use a tactic called “public process” which, Happel explains, was “invented in Stalin’s Russia to control the people.”
Basically, if the legislature doesn’t act, Montanans are going to be force-relocated to somewhere like Seattle where we will be compelled to live “like sardines” and our cars will be taken away. Happel told the Ravalli County Planning board that they needed to choose between the United Nations Charter (AKA the Evil Seattle Plot) and the Declaration of Independence.
Nancy Ballance who along with Jennifer Fielder was a headliner at secessionist gatherings, organized by groups with ties to white supremacists. (While Fielder and Ballance later tried to backpedal from this appearance after the speaker said environmentalists were domestic terrorists, both tried to implement the group’s ideas in the Montana legislature.)
Theresa Manzella is known for claiming on the floor of the Montana House of Representatives that animal shelter workers are a domestic terrorist threat.
Tom Burnett of course is infamous for claiming that avoiding porn would reduce the need for mental health care funding, and his personal crusade to stop poor children from getting enough food to eat.
Austin Knudsen is the embattled Speaker of the House of the Montana legislature who the Helena IR chastised for characterizing the legislature’s failure to pass a major jobs and infrastructure bill as a “win” for the far-right wing.
Sarah Laszloffy, alumnus of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, where students of all ages come to learn how to live “a supernatural lifestyle” —including useful skills such as “how to cast out demons” and other practical solutions to life’s most pressing problems. [screenshot] Bethel’s members also purport to have the ability to heal people through prayer and bring the dead back to life,
Matthew Monforton, who said the GOP brand is best compared to “a dead rat at the bottom of a can of diet pepsi” recently dropped out of the legislature to pursue his own blog and a lawsuit to close the Republican Party’s Montana primary – a lawsuit the Montana Republican Party itself asked to be removed from last week.
Kris Hansen, who sponsored a version of the North Carolina law banning local non-discrimination ordinances in the Montana legislature. Thankfully, that effort was defeated.
This bunch joins a growing list of fringe activists and hatemongers who are aligning with Cruz nationally. You can see the rest of the Montana list here .