Will Belgrade Take Bozeman’s Leavings? Not Likely
An absurd former TEA Party legislator who was ousted by Bozeman voters last cycle appears to be hoping that Belgrade voters may be unfamiliar with his record and may vote him back into office.
That man is Tom Burnett, who served one term in Bozeman in 2011 and was immediately voted out in the next elect. The former lawmaker may soon be under investigation for having been caught up in the Meth House Scandal, in which documents found at a meth house in Colorado were found to implicate certain GOP lawmakers for illegally coordinating with a dark money group, the American Tradition Partnership. But that’s just the beginning.
Tom Burnett has accused a youth support for LGBT young people in his community of meeting to recruit people into becoming gay. He has also written that he wonders whether the high school support group would soon include pedophiles and beastiality:
“Is it only a matter of time before the umbrella covers pedophiles, necrophiles, and zoophiles? When will the high school advertise a group called Beastiality Acceptance Alliance, BAA?”
Burnett took the post down after his ravings appeared in campaign flyers and on a reporter’s blog.
But perhaps what Burnett is most known for is his obsession with preventing poor people from getting enough to eat. For a peek into the serpents’ nest of irrationality that is this guy’s brain, look no further than what he calls his “studies” which consist of lies, unsubstantiated anecdotes, and incoherent wackiness he found on the internet.
Burnett’s latest screed, released in October of 2013, is a follow up to his premier work “Childhood Hunger, the Myth” in which he reveals that pictures of fat kids he found on the internet prove that there is no such thing as childhood hunger.
His bizarre writings prove nothing other than that the snake on a yellow background is the perfect symbol for the TEA Party.
Consider Burnett in light of the recent scandal in Iowa. That state’s top GOP-appointed public-health official resigned just last week after she was caught making unsubstantiated comments about food stamps.
“The No. 1 food item bought with food stamps in Iowa is Mountain Dew,” the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health claimed, even though states obviously don’t track such purchases. The woman later claimed through a spokesman she “found it online” but couldn’t remember where.
After this scandal, Montanans are even less likely to put someone like this in charge of making decisions here–someone who makes things up to demonize and perpetuate stereotypes about the poor.
Burnett has organized TEA Party events with Tim Ravndal, the Helena TEA Partier who made national news for comments he made that implied support for violence against gays.Burnett also is the author of the famous bill to eliminate law that requires landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors (House Bill 354) It made the venerated 2011 Montana Nutjob Bills list first published at Cowgirl Blog.