Ravalli County Dems have exactly zero interest in letting cackling TEA Party simpletons succeed in their plot to take over the local Democratic organization. This week, they are fighting back.
After seven teabaggers filed paperwork to run for Democratic precinct committee person, a party leadership position, the Missoulian is reporting that local Dems will have write-in candidates for every single precinct in Ravalli County.
Ravalli County Democratic Central Committee chair John Meakin and vice-chair Corrine Gantt expect to have 44 (a record number) official write-in affidavits for these party leadership positions. The filings come after a nasty plot was discovered in Ravalli county, hatched by the local Tea Party. Embarrassed at the fact that they have become a national joke, the Montana Tea Party resorted to an attempt to invade and infect the Democratic Party, Trojan Horse style, and take it over.
When you vote in a primary in Montana, there is a place on your ballot to vote for “precinct committee person.” This is an unusual item to be found on a ballot for a state election because a precinct captain is a Party post, not a government office. Yet Democratic and Republican ballots both provide this opportunity to vote for a candidate for this political position.
And what is a precinct committee person? There is one elected from each voting precinct in every county, and these people make up what is called the “central committee” for the county. A central committee is simply the governing board of the county party.
The fraudulent TEA Party candidates are: Lyle E. Goracke, Jan Wisniewski, Donna Gibney, Pamela Nearpass, Catherine Lieberth, Wayne K. Dunkin and David J. Erickson.
So far, the plot to prevent local Dems from turning out voters in support of Steve Bullock, Jon Tester, and others appears to have backfired. Instead of being overrun by fraud-intent imbeciles, the local democrats are more organized than ever.