There’s probably a reason that the Montana Republican Party didn’t send any of its slush fund over to Derek Skees. Even they realized that spending money on Skees’ doomed, illogical campaign was a waste of the hard-earned money of their corporate masters. Yesterday, Skees made news defending Pastor Harris Himes from Hamilton. Himes, you might recall, is charged with a series of felonies stemming from trying to steal the life savings of a friend.
Enter Derek Skees, who told the Associated Press that he is an idiot:
Skees said he believes that Himes was picked on for his religious beliefs although Skees said he doesn’t know whether Himes committed the crimes.
"You are innocent until proven guilty," Skees said.
Wrap your brain around that for a moment. Skees “doesn’t know” if Himes committed the crimes, but believes he was picked on for his religious beliefs. He believes people are “innocent until proven guilty,” but accuses the Auditor’s office of misconduct with no evidence.
While I’ll admit that I certainly don’t know all of what the Auditor’s position entails in Montana, though I definitely know more about it than Mr. Skees, I can say with confidence that our Auditor should pursue those who break the law just as Ms. Lindeen has done, not offer them a legal defense with no knowledge.