It seems the self-proclaimed “Donald Trump of Ravalli County,” Theresa Manzella, has decided to run for Senate District 44 to, in her words, offer “honest, principled, conservative Republican, over an unpredictable, tax and spend, moderate who voted with the Democrats.”
She’s already put together a lengthy list of endorsements, largely a who’s who of the rabid right-wing in Montana, from racist Senator David Howard to Greg Gianforte apologist Matthew Monforton, from Confederate enthusiast Derek Skees to public schools opponent Greg DeVries, but the most endorsement that stands out the most is that of newly-announced Secretary of State candidate Forrest Mandeville.
As we pointed out earlier this week, Mandeville has a bad habit of supporting terrible candidates for the Legislature. In 2016, he donated to two white supremacists who brought embarrassment to the state and the Republican Party.
And now he’s endorsing Manzella, who has to be one of the least qualified people ever to serve in the Montana Legislature, someone whose frankly idiotic and patently dangerous views include support for armed insurrection against the federal government, opposition to vaccination, support for the Confederacy, the transfer and sales of our public lands, and horrifically dishonest and xenophobic attacks on refugees.
Mandeville has served with Manzella in the Legislature for three legislative sessions and certainly must know and understand her views. Given his choices—to donate to white supremacists and to endorse a dimwitted bigot—he may just be the only candidate running for Secretary of State who could be worse than the current occupant of the office.