The website is titled Excellence in Voting. It quotes other sources, like the The Glacial Group, which targets Montana RINOS. They are both Montana faux news sites from the far right (although a website or any additional information on The Glacial Group is nowhere to be found*).
But if the names on the targeted list are considered RINOs (Republican In Name Only), it speaks volumes about the direction of the Montana Republican Party.
Rodney Garcia, a pro-coal, state representative out of Billings is listed. He’s the fellow who said killing socialists was a Constitutional right. Republican stalwarts Walt Sales and Nancy Ballance are considered “left-wing.” (Maybe once or twice they voted for a moderate, bipartisan bill.)
There are other names on the list — Bruce Tutvedt, Frank Garner, Denley Loge — all conservative Republicans. Their names are filed under this heading:
The following is a list of left-wing/moderate/RINO Republicans that should not be elected to office in Montana.
The Glacial Group says its mission “is to support present and future candidates for political leadership positions in Montana who are Constititonalist Patriots.”
Some of the other websites promoted by Excellence in Voting (motto: Demanding Excellence from All Montana Public Servants) are the Northwest Liberty News (motto: PICKING THE LOCK ON THE SHACKLES OF TYRANNY) and the Montana Daily Gazette. While the sites are a mix of Alex Jones conspiracy theories and pro-Trump talking points, they also rank Republican candidates. For example, not just content to bash RINOs, the Gazette endorses Cliven Bundy-style candidates like Jim Buterbaugh and Theresa Manzella. Of the Manzella race for state senate, the Gazette says:
This race is especially important. Few left-of-center Republicans are more prolific in their dishonest misrepresentations of themselves as conservatives as is Manzella’s opponent, Nancy Ballance. Her campaign literature, in extreme dishonesty, paints Manzella as a liberal. Voters need to understand the amount of false advertising present in this particular campaign.
First, I’ve never heard Ballance described as “left-of-center” and second, I’d like to see the literature that paints anti-government, anti-immigrant, anti-vaxxer Manzella as a liberal.
Coming soon to the Excellence in Voting site is the Montana Hall of Shame. It will be interesting to see which conservatives are tarred and feathered in that column.
If the Montana Republican Party moves any farther to the right, it’s going to fall off the edge of the Earth.
(*UPDATE: I did discover one thing about Excellence in Voting after taking a closer look at the site. The treasurer is listed as Ray Thompson, undoubtedly the same Ray Thompson who started the Semitool semiconductor manufacturing plant in Kalispell and sold it in 2009 for $364 million. He’s a well-known conservative Christian in the Flathead and beyond. Here’s a Flathead Beacon/Mother Jones article about him loaning his jet to the Tea Party Patriots.)