You’d think that a man who has plastered his Facebook page with anger-laced admonitions against those who would use the law and the courts to silence political enemies or limit free speech would be the last person do just that.
Well, you’d be wrong, if you were talking about TEA Party Republican Art Wittich.
Wittich’s Facebook page lauds the first amendment [screenshot], and is littered with posts against those who would “use the courts to punish their political enemies.” [screenshot] He also lashes out against those he claims are “applying the law in a discriminatory way to punish political enemies” [screenshot] or “silence opposition.” [screenshot].
Yet the Montana press have caught on to the fact that Wittich is suing a man who wrote a letter to the editor informing readers of the corruption case against Wittich and supporting Wittich’s opponent in the GOP primary, which Wittich lost.
As the Bozeman Chronicle reported, “in April, a jury found that Wittich took illegal corporate contributions from an anti-union organization in 2010. A judge ordered him to pay more than $80,000 in fines and costs.”
From the articles on this nonsense, Wittich seems to be building his glass house upon the premise that it isn’t a crime to break the law.
So for perpetrating this hypocrisy on the people of Montana, Art Wittich is the Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
I’m sure the honor is nothing compared to being named National Committeeman by the Montana GOP (which says a lot about what makes one a leader in Republican circles these day) but we do what we can to tell it like it is. So pat yourselves on the back Montana Republicans. You’ve wowed us once again.
As for Wittich, it looks like he’ll have plenty of time to celebrate his award. Wittich didn’t just become the first Montana politician in 75 years to be found by a jury to have violated our campaign laws, voters rejected him in favor of Bruce Grubbs in the primary election.