This image may send shockwaves through Montana’s Capital City.
Current Helena Mayor Jim Smith was caught siding with one of the groups that was planning and organizing mass rallies directly after the Charlottesville white supremacist rally that led to the death of one peaceful counter-protester at the hands of a neo-nazi, while 19 other individuals were injured.
The really frightening part of this is who posted the image, Tim Ravndal.
Ravndal posted this image and quote to Facebook: LINK to Image on Facebook
“Mayor of Helena Jim Smith attended the ACT presentation on American Security in Helena and promises he will not sign off on welcoming refugees to Helena like Missoula did.”
Here is a Screenshot of the post just in case it goes missing:
Ravndal posted this image on Facebook and is a current member of ACT for America, a group that was recently linked to coordinating with what some called neo-nazi groups to hold 67 Rallies across the U.S. but were later canceled due to public outcry.
Ravndal is a disgraced former leader of the Montana Tea Party who was forced to resign because of a post that seemed to suggest violence against the LGBTQ+ community. If someone is forced to resign from the Tea Party, then you know they are doing something very wrong.
ACT for America are extremists of the most dangerous sort, the violence we saw in Charlottesville was not only predictable from these sorts of people, but foreseeable as the Helena IR reported:
“The president of the Big Sky Tea Party Association has been removed from his position and booted from the party after coming under fire for a post he made on his Facebook profile that implied he condones violence against homosexuals.
Tim Ravndal was removed as president of the local chapter Sunday after the group’s board of directors learned of his volatile post on the online social networking site.” From the Helena Independent Record Sept. 7th 2010
That is what makes it even more disturbing that Helena Mayor Jim Smith would side with Ravndal and this organization and their blatant hatred against those that they disagree with. Helena and its people deserve better than a man who sympathizes with white supremacists.
Jim Smith has made a lot of mistakes as Mayor of Helena
- Not budgeting correctly to plow the snow and ice from the dangerous roads of Helena in winter. This led the sheriff’s office to call a state of emergency on February 10th, 2017. Schools were closed and multiple accidents occurred.
- In 2015 Smith did not support the removal of the Confederate Monument (he has since bowed to public pressure.) He said a descriptive sign would suffice but never paid for one to be made.
- Smith continually underfunds essential services in the city of Helena like firefighting and road maintenance. The Helena firefighters have been below adequate staff levels for years, which led the Helena Firefighters IAFF Local 448 to endorse Smith’s opponent in the 2017 Mayoral race.
- Smith supports Tim Ravndal and ACT for America in their blatantly bigoted ideas and actions.
The people of Helena are hard working Montana’s. They want a city that is properly run with essential services funded and equal rights for everyone. Helena doesn’t need a good ol’ boy politician who panders to white supremacists.
It’s time to look for new leadership in Montana’s Capital City.