More Molnar Meltdown!

Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar, man who fought a legal request to provide public documents has decided that he has the right to private cell phone calls and records of any sitting official he wants. At today’s latest PSC debacle, he continued his peevish assault on Commissioner Gutsche and Kavulla, requesting that an administrative judge review the cell phone records both commissioners from two meetings, including the one that saw him unseated as Vice Chair of the PSC.

Commissioner Kavulla suggested that Commissioner Molnar consider resigning if his accusations were found to be unsupported, but Molnar refused to consider the idea.

Unsurprisingly, Commissioner Gallagher followed suit, hoping to uncover “the conspiracy” before the motion was defeated 3-2.

The PSC is providing as much evidence as the Legislature did about what happens when Republicans are elected to the majority of a governing body.

Video hijinks follow below.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • While it may be amusing to blame this on “Republicans” in general, I would like to point out that this situation appears to be a simple case of a disgruntled, deluded man attempting to derail and important public body because he feels slighted. I see nothing substansive in his accusations and his antics are accomplishing nothing be distract that body from doing the job they were elected to do. He should be removed and replaced so that the PSC can get back to work. The members of the PSC hampered by Molnar’s antics should be commended that they able to accomplish anything at this point.

  • Unfortunately, it’s two of them. Voters in my PSC district decided to replace a thoughtful, informed commissioner with someone who blindly follows Brad Molnar’s crusade.

    • Again, I still feel it has less to do with them being Republican and more to do with them being idiots. I have seen Democrats do the same thing. You of all people should understand the concept to personal responcibility given that you have written about it before. I am sorry your district voted in this idiot – especially if he replaced a more qualified, thoughtful individual, but this has more to do with the individuals involved rather than their party affiliation. That was my only real point.

      • You’re probably right. I just think that, in the past few years, Montana Republicans have shown a somewhat higher propensity for electing idiots than Democrats. 🙂

        • In that, we agree. Thankfully, there is plenty of signs of moderate Republicans working to either rid the party of these wingnuts or simply voting for the person, not the party. In fact, there are a group of us working on promoting that motto now. Hopefully, the Candidates themselves will get the message. If not, there might be a wave to Democrats elected, in part, by moderate conservatives tired to listening to the Montana “God Squad”. Now this raises and onus for the Democrats/Independants as well. Knowing that there are a lot of disgruntled moderate Republicans, how are you are to going to attract them?

          • Moorcat, please don’t make me break out the quotes of clearly Republican folks claiming to be independents …

            There is a not so subtle difference between ‘taking one’s party back’ and just jumping ship.  That is at the core of my disagreements with many ‘progressives’.  It’s very easy to say that these folks I’ve identified with have betrayed us and I won’t vote for them.  It’s much more difficult to commit your vote to someone else.  The whole point of being “independent” is that there is no onus.  It is a demand to be wooed.

            Pogie has the facts right.  Republicans have shown no ability to govern in anything resembling an adult manner.  That’s why this whole PSC spat is worth reviewing, because it is Republicans acting like children.  Brad Molner has been on the PSC for over six years.  He didn’t just ‘become’ an idiot.  He’s been this way under the Republican banner for more than half a decade.  And he got elected twice.  So, I’m certain you can see how “it’s the individual, not the party” just doesn’t ring very true to me.

            Hence, placing some artificial onus on the ‘other’ party to attract voters is kinda silly to me.  Kavulla has been a pleasant surprise.  He still sucks as a blogger, and is little more than a recipient of wingnut welfare, but he has shaken things up on the PSC.  He stood up to the crazy.  And yet the Independents, formerly known as Republicans, somehow expect that Democrats are required to woo them?  Not required, and in the cases where it might be true, not going to work.  You are spot on in any initiative to vote for the candidate, not the party.  That should be and should have been what it is about all along.

          • The problem, Moorcat, is this – as JC has pointed out, MT Democrats do rely on an energetic, relatively radical and disproportionately influential part of their base for their money and volunteers.  Any effort to make oneself more attractive to moderate Republicans is greeted with cries of ‘triangulation’, which to some sounds like ‘Treason!’  And then you have a candidate who has a larger base, but a less energetic one.   To keep one’s support from the liberal wing of the party, Democratic candidates are prevented from taking positions the majority of Montanans support.  I imagine it is the same for Republicans – a certain amount of radicalism is needed to galvanize the base, leading to positions that are unpopular on the whole but necessary to satisfy the loud and hard-working, hard-lobbying minorities on either side. 

  • Another sterling example of why all elections should be non-partisan.  The idiots who continue to vote a straight party ticket without having a clue about who they are voting for created a dysfunctional legislature and PSC.

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