It’s been a sad but busy time for the Montana Libertarian party. Their long-time leader and chairman Mike Fellows was killed in a car accident while returning from a candidate forum in Seeley Lake. His car crossed the yellow line and he collided with another vehicle whose occupant survived. A true believer, he was a fixture for several decades in Montana politics and ran for almost every statewide office. He was often invited to attend debates with the major candidates. This year he was a candidate for Congress, running against Denise Juneau and Ryan Zinke.
Meanwhile, amid the scuffle to find a replacement for Fellows it was reported that the new Libertarian party leader, Roger Roots, who is also on the ballot for the state Auditor race, has been in Oregon for the last few months at the working as a volunteer paralegal for Ammon Bundy, who led the armed revolt at Malheur earlier this year.
This is who Libertarians are in Montana nowadays. Roots is a convicted felon and proud racist who authored a website entitled “The Respectable Racist: 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Black People,”
And finally, let’s look at who the Libertarians replaced Fellows with, in the Congressional race: Rick Breckenridge. He is someone Republicans are familiar with. Breckenridge was once a Republican party activist and ran for Party Chair a few years back, garnering 38% of the vote. You might also remember Breckenridge as a platinum sponsor of the “Liberty Convention 2010”, a conference in Ravalli County that sparked an FBI investigation into an anti-government plot to kill Alaska state troopers.
It should also be noted that historically Libertarians have often been pro-choice – they oppose government involvement in women’s medical decisions. But the new Libertarians in Montana, such as Breckenridge, don’t believe women deserve the same protections. He’s even gone so far as to express support for Todd Akin, the GOP congressman who claimed that “legitimate rape” didn’t cause pregnancy.