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For those following the Wisconsin saga, some interesting developments in the Wisconsin recall election this week with the first official foray by a national group into the recall races with this hard-hitting TV ad. The spot shines a harsh light on legal issues surrounding one Republican recall candidate for the state senate, David VanderLeest.
As you’ll remember, the recall elections are in order because of Governor Scott Walker’s bill to strip state unions of the right bargain for their wages and other benefits. Democrats, a small but feisty minority, fled the state so the GOP wouldn’t have a quorum to pass the bill. Walker got around the necessity of a quorum by stripping the collective bargain elements out of the state’s budget plan to allow for a separate vote on the matter. Wisconsin voters have organized a recall election to hold legislators accountable for the debacle and put the state back on course after the 2010 which were seen around the U.S. as a referendum on Obama and his policies rather than a choice between the local candidates and parties.
A mailer in Bozeman has surfaced, calling Tom Burnett, the Tea Party Candidate, a bigot because he told gay people that they are the equivalent of people who practice beastiality, incest, and pedophilia. (What is pictured here is not the mailer, if someone has a copy, send it to me and I’ll post it. )
Marnee Banks blogged about it recently, though not about the substance of the issue. Rather, she questions why the mailer uses this site as a source. The reason the mailer cited my blog, I presume, is that shortly after Tom Burnett wrote these despicable anti-gay statements on his own website, he removed them. He removed it because locals in Bozeman were horrified. A few local folks even ran ads in the Chronicle, denouncing him for the comments (ad pictured).
The state press corp missed it or simply didn’t care, but this blog was on the scene and covered it, catching the ugly anti-gay bigot Tom Burnett making bigoted remarks, then trying to cover them up like a dog who kicks dirt backwards with his hind legs after doing his business.
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.
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.