In the past few election cycles, there have been a few strange crossover candidates who, despite being Republicans, file as Democrats in legislative races. Back in 2014, this activity was centered in Gallatin County, where a series of bogus Democrats filed in legislative races.
It seems that strategy has moved to Missoula County, where e-book author Greg Strandberg has filed as a Democrat in HD 99. He announced his candidacy in a rambling post that discussed snowpack and his desire to trim the roster of state workers.
While Strandberg ran (and lost) in 2014 as a Democrat, his politics seem to have shifted dramatically since then, spending the past few months praising the candidacy of Greg Gianforte; attacking Denise Juneau, in part because Ryan Zinke has a firm handshake; criticizing Senator Jon Tester and suggesting he not run in 2018; smearing staffers who work for Governor Bullock with innuendo; and attacking the integrity of people like Supreme Court Justice Jim Shea.
In fact, in a post from January 4 of this year in which he said that he will be supporting ultraconservative Greg Gianforte, Mr. Strandberg not only said that he “hates” Montana Democrats, but that he’s giving up on them:
I hate Montana Democrats.
I really do – I hate ‘em.
I liken them to that girl you liked in high school, the one that wouldn’t give you the time of day. Finally, after a lot of heartache and soul-searching, you decide to give up on her.
I’m giving up on the Montana Democrats.
That’s not all. Mr. Strandberg has also expressed some troubling bigotry. It’s hard to overlook this post arguing that the United States is under the control of the Jewish Rothschild family, an attack the Anti-Defamation League calls a “classic Anti-Semitic myth.”
He’s also opposed to the Democrats bringing in Senator Tammy Baldwin to speak at the Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner, arguing that Democrats should not invite an openly gay speaker to the annual event. In the words of this “Democratic” candidate:
C’mon – let’s not act all surprised. We know that Democrats rely on poor, disadvantaged, and minority groups to get into office.
The record is pretty clear: Mr. Strandberg is another faux Democratic candidate running for the Legislature, or he’s the only Gianforte-supporting, anti-Semitic, anti-equality, anti-Juneau, anti-Tester Democrat in the state.
Mr.Strandberg has no problem identifying the people he’s against, a list that will almost certainly soon include the Democratic voters of HD 99.