In a letter to the editor in this week’s Whitefish Pilot, TEA Party Republican Rep. Derek Skees decries the fact that he’s been linked to extremists and tries to say that arguments made against voting for him during the last election were “inaccurate.” Too bad Skees has already confirmed the facts presented in the ad in the press, in public, and on video.
The ad Skees is talking about can be found on the website of the group that ran the ads. The facts are all sourced, but Skees later confirmed each of them himself.
First, Skees confirmed that he wore the confederate flag on his jacket at the Whitefish Memorial Day parade an article in the Whitefish Pilot. He even went on to explain that in his opinion, the Civil War:
was not fought over slavery but rather states rights.
The second fact in the ad was that Mr. Skees’ campaign treasurer funded a speaking forum at which Red Beckman, the notorious anti-Semite, addressed the crowd.
During the 2010 campaign, Derek Skees was confronted by the press with the fact that his campaign treasurer, a man named Rick Breckenridge, was one of the conference’s chief sponsors. In response, Skees replaced Breckenridge, presumably as a way of showing that he did not tolerate such hateful activity. But once he was elected, Skees spoke proudly of his association with Breckenridge in a public statement to the full House of Representatives. Here’s the audio of Skees and Breckenridge.
The third claim the ad made is that Skees appears at rallies with people in Guy Fawkes masks. Isn’t this him in the opening shots of this TEA Party youtube video?
While Skees is busy writing letters to the editor criticizing people on the other side of the aisle, it’s members of his own party that are writing letters complaining about him. Previous letters by the same man who wrote this letter about Skees show the author advocating for an Arizona-style immigration law in Montana, so its obvious he is no Dem.