New TEA Party Plot to Defraud Voters Comes to Light
TEA Party Republicans in Montana know their ideology is so out-of-touch that Montanans wouldn’t support them if they knew the truth about their beliefs. So they’ve resorted to dirty, dishonest plots to deceive voters about their candidates. Here is the latest.
The male leader of the Sanders County Republican Party filed paperwork with the state to claim ownership over the name of a local non-partisan women’s group called Women for a Better Sanders County. He then took out ads in the local paper claiming the group supported TEA Party Republican Bob Brown for legislature. Brown won. The Missoulian reported the story this week.
This is the only the latest in a series of deceptive plots hatched by TEA Party republicans to deceive the voters of Montana.
This spring a bunch of TEA Partiers filed paperwork to run as Democrats for local legislative races.
TEA Party legislator Debra Lamm, the Montana Family Foundation’s lobbyist, used a fake address on her campaign materials to imply that she actually lived in the district she now represents (she doesn’t.) Lamm won.
Cascade County TEA Party leader Cyndi Baker, who ran for school board this may, created a separate fake organization called “Parents Coalition of for Accountability in Schools” to imply that there was a group supporting her campaign for school board. No such organization exists. Baker did not win.
But only Dick Wells, who is vice-Chair of the Sanders County GOP, went so far as to pretend that an established, respected, legitimate group supported the local TEA Party candidate. And get this, when the Missoulian asked him:
if he felt it was deceptive for a lone male to purchase “Women for a Better Sanders County” for the purpose of publicly endorsing a political candidate, Wells said no.
Wells said the name was his because he “bought and paid for it” by filing some forms with the Secretary of State.
If this isn’t voter fraud, I don’t know what is.