If at first you don’t succeed, claim the rules don’t apply to you.
That’s what the Montana Republican Party tried to do this week. The party which formerly claimed to stand for fiscal responsibility had hoped to force taxpayers to cough up the cash for a recount in the state superintendent race. In spite of the fact that their candidate had lost by too great a margin to qualify for a taxpayer funded recount, they went to court.
Sandy Welch, the GOP candidate, asked a judge to grant her an exception to the rules. She thought fancy out-of-state lawyers could convince a judge that there were special circumstances which would justify making you and me pay for her increasingly futile pursuit her own political ambitions.
Republicans also probably wanted the recount it in the news while they try to pass new laws that restrict voting rights, like same day registration, early voting, mail voting, etc. They were hoping they could use your money to create a climate for passing voter suppression laws in Montana.
Welch had tried to force the recount to be conducted right before the Christmas holiday–much to the dismay of county officials and their employees. The grinch-like demand wasn’t lost on internet pranksters, prompting a brief grinch mini-meme of sorts with pics like this making the rounds.
Thankfully, the GOP failed on both accounts. A judge said they had to live by the same rules as everyone else and must pay for the recount.
But when it came time to put up the money, Welch said she didn’t actually have it–revealing some inconsistencies with her previous statements.
First, Welch had said that the national republican party would pay for the recount, but when it came time to pay the money wasn’t there. The national Republicans refused to comment.
The GOP wouldn’t say how much they had raised, if anything. And instead of accepting the fact that the voters decided against the right-wing education policies the GOP was peddling, they tried to blame the Secretary of State for Welch’s loss.
There were other inconsistencies in Welch’s statements. As the Billings Gazette reported. “Welch said [Citizens United attorney James Bopp] is the lawyer hired by the Republican National Committee to work on the case, but another attorney from his firm, Anita Woudenberg, delivered arguments Friday.”
Perhaps all this talk of national money and famous lawyers was Welch was trying to color her race with some kind of national importance. Whatever the reason, somebody wasn’t telling the truth. Either that or intelligent life is just not found on this particular planet.