Update: Missoula County Republicans DO NOT support “Democrat” Jeff Patterson

by Jay Stevens

 Update: The short story. The Missoula County Republicans did not write a check to Jeff Patterson; and Jeff Patterson did not report a contribution from the Missoula County Republicans.

The long story. Just wanting to check up on my source, I went over to the County Elections office and looked at Jeff’s C-5. The donation from the Missoula County Republican part was filed in Patterson’s report.

About ten minutes after verifying the donation, I got a call from a friend who told me there had been a mix-up. The donation was actually for HD96 Republican candidate, Steve Eschenbacher, Mr. Rabid Insanity. (While not the best candidate, IMHO, he is a Republican.)

Apparently the donation slip had been mistakenly placed in Patterson’s report.

My apologies to Jeff and the Missoula County Republican party. I take back everything I said about spines and skulking! (Beyond the usual stuff, I mean…ha ha.) Pass the word on to anyone who might have seen this…let’s hope there’s time to undo the damage…
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What’s up with state Republicans this primary season? First it’s a Chuck Denowh PAC playing in a Democratic state senate primary, now it’s the Missoula County Republicans…

A little birdie told me that on the C-5 campaign finance filing for “Democratic” county commissioner candidate, Jeff Patterson, there’s a $650 donation from a certain, “Missoula County Central Committee,” listing its address as “P.O. Box 2082” in Missoula’s 59806 area code.

Do a quick Google search on that address, and what organization comes up?

The Missoula County Republicans.

Reminds of the central committee’s hijinx during the last municipal elections, when much fuss was made by conservatives over the county Democrats’ endorsement of city council candidates, while county Republicans made surreptitious donations to candidates claiming they were Democrats.

Look, I realize Missoula is a tough place to be a Republican, but backing a Democrat in a primary? And cutting out the word, “Republican,” on your filing? Classy.

Missoula’s central committee could learn a thing or two from the troika of College Republicans running for local legislative seats. They, at least, have the courage to proclaim their affiliation up front, and promise to make the races spirited and concentrate on issues that affect students. Maybe they won’t win the race, but at least we’ll have a discussion.

Consider this an anti-endorsement for Jeff Patterson and a challenge to county Republicans to stop their skulking and grow some spine.

  1. Ayn Rand

    You could be listening to the wrong birdie, but heck the facts are not important. Like spaghetti, just throw it at the wall and see if it sticks.

  2. John Locke

    Maybe the Missoula republicans are trying their own lame attempt at operation chaos.

  3. Ayn Rand

    Sounds like JS is as good at researching as Bill ‘In the Dark” Vaughn.

  4. Hero

    A C-5 is a form filled out by CANDIDATES not Contributors. Therefore, it would have been Patterson himself who chose to omit the word “Republican.”
    True, the Republicans and Patterson may have both agreed that the word would be omitted, but the ultimate decisions lies with the candidate. To attack the class of the Missoula County Republican Central Committee is tactless when its actually the candidate who is trying to disguise the fact that he is DINO.

  5. The Republican Central Committee did not give Jeff Patterson $650. I have been at every meeting and we never even put anything like that to a vote. We support Larry Anderson.

    I have personally not seen Patterson’s C-5, but the Missoula GOP is not resonsible for what he reports.

  6. I should have added “…or any other amount…”

  7. My apologies to everyone. The donation was mistakenly filed in Patterson’s report. I went down and verified the sheet, but got a call a few minutes later from someone who explained the ruckus…

  8. Jim Lang

    Ok, he didn’t get a donation from the Republican party.

    But that doesn’t change the reality that he is not really a Democrat, but a Republican who is running as a Democrat because he thinks it would be easier to get elected that way. That is what he told the Missoulian, right?

  9. We don’t know what he is for sure! He never hung around us until he wanted the commissioner’s seat.

  10. Sounds like the dude should consider running as an independent…

  11. goof houlihan

    Two things. It’s a two party system, so you have to pick one you most closely resemble. It’s the fanatical ideological purists who are destroying governance in this country…on either side of the aisle.

    Second, I’m still wondering when that indictment for Conrad Burns is going to be public? Soon, I’m sure.

  12. Second, I’m still wondering when that indictment for Conrad Burns is going to be public? Soon, I’m sure.

    I’m definitely curious to see what creepy-crawlies turn up when there’s a new US Attorney General.

    I wouldn’t be so cocky about Burns. I’m sure you’d stake your reputation on his innocence?

  13. Jim Lang

    For Conrad Burns to be indicted would require a Justice Department that is interested in, umm, justice.

  14. goof houlihan

    Still have his bumper sticker on my truck, jay.

  15. goof houlihan

    and if all the justice department will be concerned with is going after aging ex senators to satisfy a bloggers thirst for revenge, then they’ll be no better than the anoited genital and his covering bare breasts on statutes and suing states for legalizing medical marijuana.

    he’d better concentrate on protecting the united states.

  16. Still have his bumper sticker on my truck, jay.

    Shame on you, then, goof. Corruption should never be tolerated, let alone celebrated.

    As for Attny Genl’s going after ex-Senators being a useless effort, I agree. That’s why I have no qualms they dropped their investigation of Burns.

    Still, stuff is going to turn up. Like today’s released report on Abramoff, which names folks closely associated to Burns. There are people still out there to be got. That’s what I mean by “creepy crawlies.” It ain’t over, goof.

    The Abramoff scandal reaches far and wide. I’m wondering if it’ll reach down into state parties…

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