The campaign of a GOP candidate in Billings is in damage control mode after he suggested, on an internet discussion board, that holding office and voting might be better off limited to those who are wealthy.
“The Founding Fathers believed (rightly) that the people with the most to lose would be the least likely to screw up,” wrote 27-year-old legislative candidate Robert Saunders, who comes from a wealthy Billings family. Those without money, he went on, “are unsafe custodians” of public funds.
When members of congress are very wealthy, he explains, it shows “they are at least good at something,” (unlike the rest of us poors I guess).
Saunders says it’s no different than Corporations. Only a shareholder of a company can vote, Rob Saunders writes, hinting that perhaps there should be an asset test for voters. He says someone without personal wealth, like Bernie Sanders could be “catastrophic” and cause a result similar to what happened under the Russian Revolution that ousted the last of the Russian czars. “Our form of government was designed so that only those with a stake in the country’s future could vote,” Saunders said. “That’s why I think it’s a good thing that our leadership is relatively wealthy.”
His opponent is the popular Rep. Jessica Karjala. Voters put her in the seat that Saunders is running for in 2012. When Rep Karjala pointed out Saunders’ insane writings as she visited with voters, Saunders then (you guessed it) had an attorney sent Karjala a cease and desist letter, threatening to sue her for defamation. You can read the letter here.
That’s the new trend among right-wingers. If you say or do something stupid and your opponent points it out, threaten to sue them. Art Wittich is trying to sue a man for writing a letter to the editor informing people of his corruption trial. Donald Trump has frequently used lawsuits to try to silence those who are critical of him. Greg Gianforte had his lawyer send a threatening letter television stations to try to get them not to run an ad pointing out his lawsuit to block the public from a local fishing hole.
The voters have a right to know about Saunders publicly-posted writings, and Rep. Karjala has the right to tell them about what he’s written–and the implications of his publicly posted-views. For example, she pointed out that according to Saunders’s theory, many Veterans aren’t qualified to vote because they aren’t wealthy. According to his writings, that seems accurate.
Now, after an original report about the cease and desist letter in the Last Best News in which he did not respond to requests for comment, Saunders is doing some furious backpedaling. He now says he won’t really bring a lawsuit, and he now agrees that everyone should be allowed to vote, even the non-wealthy. He’s also refusing to admit he wrote the post, the Last Best News reported. Saunders is saying, ridiculously, that he would not “either confirm or deny his authorship.” He’s also claiming that whether he wrote it or not is a “completely separate issue.”
“I’m not currently addressing that issue,” he said, “and I could.” He said he would release a statement later.”
The bio of the Quora account of the individual that made the post in question states that it is written by a Robert Saunders who lives in Billings, Montana and attended Patrick Henry College. It cites knowledge of Chinese.
Robert Saunders’ campaign website says he lives in Billings, Montana, attended Patrick Henry College, and took classes in Chinese. Screenshots below.
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