TEA Party Republican legislative candidate Kristi Allen Gailushas has dropped her lawsuit against the Helena School district and the state Office of Public Instruction. Now, we’re waiting to see when the rest of the Republian party will drop its false attack ads on Democratic legislative candidates.
Regardless of Allen-Gailushas’ claims that she is dropping the lawsuit over cost, it was widely thought to be going nowhere because the Montana Constitution puts these decisions in the hands of local school boards, and only local school boards (not state legislators or the UN.)
But Kristi Allen-Gailushas isn’t the only one making crazy claims about the health curriculum. Montana Republicans put out a statement claiming that unless Republicans are elected, sex education for kindergarteners will be enacted statewide. As the Billings Gazette reported:
Bowen Greenwood, the party’s executive director, said Democrats have twice tried to pass laws that would create a statewide sex education program similar to Helena’s and have been stopped only because Republicans rallied to blunt their efforts.
However, according to the Office of Public Instruction, the state constitution forbids the Legislature from dictating the details of any kind of school curriculum statewide, leaving such choices to local school boards. The agency said it would be impossible for any Legislature to force statewide curriculum on local boards.
Now, rumors are flying that Republicans are using this same false claim as the source for radio attack ads targeting Democrats up for re-election.
If the rumors are true, it’s time these serial puveyors of disinformation were called out for their dishonesty–by the station managers that accepted the ads without checking the facts, by the candidates whom these ads are targeting, and by members of the media and public who are fed up with false claims.
The Montana Cowgirl Blog has obtained a copy of the original press release sent out by TEA Party Republican candidate Kristi Allen-Gailushas announcing that she was dropping her lawsuit against the Helena School District. It is pasted below:
For immediate release
Legal Challenge Abandoned
Kristi Allen-Gailushas is sad to announce that she has been forced to dismiss her case against the Helena School District on the development of the Health Enhancement Curriculum. Kristi would like to let the community of Helena and parents across America know that the decision to dismiss this case was not easy.
Kristi took the case on through self representation because she saw the fast track that the school district was on with passing the health curriculum. Kristi believed that the only way to stop the violations against the people was to halt the process. With no legal challenges being made, it was evident that someone would need to take that first step. Kristi took that step knowing that what she was doing was right and she had faith the community would stand behind her.
Kristi Allen-Gailushas, the GOP candidate for legislature who made the Montana TEA Party famous for her crusade against health and nutrition, has issued a statement of support of the misconduct of the Montana Shrugged TEA Party, who are subject of a recent complaint after allegedly running afoul of the law.
Says Ms. Allen Gailushas, in her Kharactaristicly Klassy Kommenting style:
Please, please, whatever you do, do not do what the Big Sky TEA Party did and bend over and grab the ankles. FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT the smears. I am behind you!!!
Really Helena?! This is the woman that you want to let the tell the school board what to teach children? A woman who calls herself “Lady Knight of the Gun” on what is the creepiest Myspace page I’ve ever seen, but can’t spell the right have a gun herself?
Kristi Allen-Gailushas, the infamous Helena candidate for the Montana legislature on the Republican ticket, via her Facebook page.
According to the Queen City News I am a controversial candidate and I made it on to crooksandliars.com. WOOHOO!!! If you stand up for something and get attacked then you are doing something right – - as in standing up to the Helena School District. I also do not like terrorists calling for Jihad against our citizens and country and I will proudly support and defend our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bare[sic] arms!
Kristi Allen-Gailushas is seeking to defeat Mike Menahan for the Montana Legislature.
Yeah, it turns out that a leading member of the anti-government TEA Party has been living off the taxpayer dime, receiving a paycheck from the Montana Department of Justice from 2002-2004.
Kristi Allen-Gailushas, also a Republican candidate for the Montana State House, self-proclaimed “Lady Knight of the Gun” and crusader against all things government was in fact a government employee, as well as an employee of the media she pretends to despise these days. According to the Project Vote Smart website, Kristi Allen-Gailushas lists her employment history as follows:
Chief Executive Officer/Stay-at-home mom, Gailushas Household, 2003-present
Clerical, Department of Justice/Motor Vehicle Division, 2002-2004
Distribution, Independent Record, 1998-2001
And the screenshot.
Gailushas is seeking to defeat Mike Menahan for the Montana Legislature. Contributions in this race are limited to $160.
It seems the problems GOP candidates are having with bigotry and crazy online remarks don’t end here with Allen-Gailushas or even here with Jason Priest, who as Pogie notes also was forced to apologize in the Billings Gazette today. Enter the hottest legislative race in the Gallatin Valley, HD 63 JP Pomnichowski vs. Tom Burnett. Folks this is one of the ten most-watched legislative races in the state. You may have already met Tom Burnett, whose odd blog needs to be read far and wide.
But there’s more.
One of Tim Ravndal’s “friends” on Facebook is Tom Burnett, candidate for the Montana Legislature in Bozeman. Burnett keeps a really unique blog, and below is one of his posts, almost as awful as Ravndal’s comments.
From Tom Burnett’s official blog:
We always watch Hawk TV, the student produced TV program that airs Friday mornings for about 8 minutes. We are frequently subjected to promotions for gay and lesbian group meetings. This day there was an advertisement for a new support (dating facilitation?) group. Previously the only one was the Gay-Straight Alliance that meets Fridays at 3:45 at the Bridger Alternative School. Now there is a second such group. It is called the Queer Youth Support Group and it meets, (recruits?) at Bridger Clinic, weekly. This group is sponsored by a group called the Bozeman Gay Lesbian Bi-sexual Transgender Intersexed and Questioning Resource Center. (Is it only amatter of time before the umbrella covers pedophiles, necrophiles, and zoophiles? When will the high school advertise a group called Beastiality Acceptance Alliance, BAA?) The TV spot claimed that 10% of Bozeman’s population is homosexual. This could be liberty with numbers.
Then there’s the fact that Ravndal and Burnett are more than just Facebook friends, it appears they’ve organized events together while Ravndal was Tea Party president. Burnett is identified as one of the organizers of the event in this story.
The TeaParty/GOP candidates and supporters in Montana portray themselves as violent lunatics, and they have even declared war. Now, in another nice piece of reporting by the Helena IR, it appears that Republican House Candidate Kristi Allen-Gailushus is leaving the Tea Party over their decision to oust its president over his bigoted remarks. It’s back to the GOP for her.
But that kind of Tea Party “how extreme can we go” struggle is nothing new in Montana . Arguing that what is needed is not a movement but a “revolution,” Montana State Director of the right-winger forum ResistNet had this to say:
I have seen the Tea Party’s go south for a year now! 2 years ago I was all for them and I put a lot of time into the cause , But I find myself moving away from them now , and I can’t even see the Republicans stepping up with any New blood , just the same old term incumbents ! The Republican party is not the answer to this countries problems , hell we all know they helped put us here.
But when they talk about war, I think they are talking about more than just with each other, as one commenter points out:
The real effective way to remove DC as an issue is to band with other states into a block that can not be ignored.
Should MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, AZ, NM band together…into a super state, from border to border…then we might get their attention!
BTW:… Under 4 of these states is more OIL than all of OPEC totalled together!!.. And, more Coal than the rest of the USA has…
There is also plenty of atomics, along with nuke warheads, to make such a state about the 5th most powerful ‘nation-state” in the world… The issue of a “sea port outlet” could be solved by annexing WA or TX…Perhaps just take the next row of states from ND downward… AND, THEN SEAL OUR BORDERS!!… Fly over if you wish, but pay our tarrif if you land or move cargo across them!
This kind of rhetoric is an erie echo of mouth-breather Republican Dan McGee’s ravings during the legislature last session about a civil war. Of course, that whole process would require the tea-partiers to move beyond the social media “Craze” Rehberg has put them on, to put on pants and, at least briefly stop eating snack cakes. Still, this is worrying.