I’ve written a few times that members of the Republican Party seem to be forming a circular firing squad because of their ridiculous fights about some members not being conservative enough. Just about anyone who follows Montana politics knows that the Cascade County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) is in constant turmoil because of the silly fight.
It just got very serious – life and death serious.
Over the weekend, David Murray of the Great Falls Tribune reported on the CCRCC in a story titled, “A House Divided: Local GOP in bitter leadership dispute.” You can read it HERE. It’s about 2,300 words, so top off your coffee cup. It’s pretty shocking what Murray uncovered.
The depth of the chasm separating the GOP candidates was spotlighted last week when the Great Falls Tribune obtained an audio recording of a CCRCC meeting held April 7. Comments made during that meeting have prompted allegations of hostility, bias and racism, and have led Republicans on both sides of the divide to question their opponents’ conservative credentials.
J.C. Kantorowicz is a Republican candidate for Senate District 10. His opponent in the primary is Steve Fitzpatrick. Kantorowicz has called Fitzpatrick a RINO (Republican In Name Only) because he considers Fitzpatrick too moderate. I’ve written about him HERE and HERE.
During a CRCC meeting to discuss the process of selecting local delegates to attend the State Convention, according to the Tribune the following exchange took place:
J.C. Kantorowicz, primary candidate for Senate District 10: “So does this mean I have to come back on the 21st to keep Roger Hagan and Steve Fitzpatrick from going?”
George Paul, CCRCC chairman: “Well, there’s a good chance you’re going to have to come back.”
Judy Tankink, CCRCC secretary: “Unless you have a proxy. Would a proxy work in a situation like that?”
Kantorowicz: “A bullet would.”