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9/11 Anniversary: A GOP Fundraising Opportunity

It’s one thing to note that the national Republican Party exploited the tragedy of 9/11 both for partisan political gain and to justify a horrendously misguided foreign policy, but it’s another thing entirely to see Montana Republicans doing the same thing on the tenth anniversary of one of the most terrible days in American history.

The only words that come to mind when I see this flyer from the Montana GOP and Lewis and Clark Republican Women are “tasteless” and frankly, “despicable.


Up in the Flathead, their Republican women are hosting an event “produced” by retired Major General Paul Vallely, an Obama birther and supporter of torture.

Having watched the moving reading of the names at the World Trade Center memorial site today, it’s even more difficult to imagine how anyone could find events like these appropriate.

If you have the time, I’d say it’s appropriate to fire off a quick, polite e-mail to the Montana Republican Party, just to let them know that you don’t appreciate exploiting innocent victims of terrorism. You might also consider asking Steve Daines, Rick Hill, and the other entirely insignificant Republican officials in attendance if they feel comfortable fundraising this way.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

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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