Montana Politics

Derek Skees, Will Deschamps, and the Montana GOP

Written by Don Pogreba
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The Great Falls Tribune’s John Adams is reporting that Derek Skees is leading the charge against Republican Party Chair Will Deschamps:

Former Rep. Derek Skees, R-Whitefish, is leading the charge for Hart as part of what he called a “anybody but Deschamps” movement within the party.

Skees, was lost his statewide race for State Auditor last fall, said the opposition to Deschamps is high among Montana Republicans because of the poor GOP record in statewide races over the past four years.

It’s within the realm of possibility that Mr. Skees doesn’t remember this, but he was one of those GOP statewide candidates last year—something that certainly must have made it more challenging for the GOP to win races.

I’m certainly no defender of Will Deschamps, a man who opposes the will of the majority and who hates his own hometown, but it’s a stretch to imagine that any leader could have helped Mr. Skees win election in a statewide race. Generally, it’s hard to win races North of the Mason-Dixon line when you believe the wrong side won the Civil War.

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It’s an absolute pleasure to watch the Montana Republican Party devour itself, and I’m rooting for the Skees-Essman-Priest-Wittich tetrarchy to win and drive the party even further to the right and further from relevance.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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