Caron Coooper, the Independent candidate running for PSC as a spoiler because she was angry about having a democratic primary opponent, was raising money at the home of right wing Republican Nels Swandal in Livingston on a recent evening. Invite below:
It tells me that she’s no progressive, because it suggests that she’d be happy to see Roger Koopman, the Republican incumbent in the race, be reelected. Swandal is as right-wing as they come. He co-sponsored the inane law to pepper our college campuses with guns. He co-sponsored the bill that would require hungry seniors to be drug tested before they could get help to buy food (HB 200, 2015). He voted against women’s medical privacy (HB 479, 2015), and even against the bipartisan HELP Act (SB405, 2015). And like most conservatives, Swandal is also known for his hypocrisy on the family values front. He has expressed racist views and was a major supporter of Laurie McKinnon the right-wing Supreme Court Justice (his support led to his being cited for a Judicial Code of Ethics violations.)
When members of Koopman’s own party made public their views that Koopman is a terrible PSC commissioner, he said “Republican blood will be flowing in the streets” if members of his own party don’t stop endorsing his opponent. He’s an ALEC member. He told a crowd of Bozeman school children that the earth is 4,000-6,000 years old. He is incompetent and uninformed. He proudly carries the first confederate flag in local parades. He wants the PSC to–get this–fight against net neutrality.
If you seriously are considering voting for a spoiler candidate like Cooper, go read up on Koopman’s nutty antics–and take a good hard look in the mirror.