Republican “candidate” for State Auditor Derek Skees raised an entirely unimpressive $1,280 from individuals in his last campaign finance report, which isn’t entirely unsurprising given his unorthodox and even secessionist views. What is surprising, however, is that almost half of that total came from the Daines family in Bozeman, with Republican House candidate Steve Daines and his wife each contributing a maximum donation of $310 for the race.
Can we assume that means Mr. Daines approves of Mr. Skees and his rather unique political viewpoints? It seems like a bold move to support a candidate who:
- opposed Social Security.
- supports a sales tax in Montana.
- is involved with the extremist John Birch movement.
- believes in a state’s right to allow slavery and human trafficking.
Surely an Internet entrepreneur as skilled as Mr. Daines could outsource a Google search to Asia before deciding to contribute to a candidate’s campaign.
It’s certainly troubling that someone who wants to represent all of Montana believes that someone as dangerous as Derek Skees would make a good choice for auditor. It seems fair not only to judge candidates by the company they keep, but by the candidates they support.