The Montana Democrat Party was apparently unimpressed with election results as they released their executive director last week. SEIU political director, Ted Dick of Helena was hired to replace him.
What can Montana expect from Mr. Dick? It is likely that the dirty mud-slinging campaign tactics he is known for will intensify. Earlier this year, Ted Dick and the SEIU donated at least $10,000 to Main Street Advocacy, a progressive “Republican” group supporting moderate Republicans in contested primary races with Tea Party backed candidates. Main Street Advocacy eventually returned the money, but Dick’s connection to the group appears to be significant.
Montana Republicans may want to investigate Senator John Brueggeman’s connections to such a group as well.
The Montana Democratic Party has its work cut out. The people of Montana have spoken and they said, loud and clear: “We prefer a conservative direction in our state”. So, Mr. Dick, I can’t wait to see how the SEIU’s signature dirty political practices will affect campaigning in Montana. Will the Democrats have purple buses and rent-a-mobs at their disposal whenever necessary? Will we see purple-shirted operatives counting ballots perhaps? After the dirty campaigning by Kendall Van Dyk in SD25, one almost wonders how it could get much nastier.
Something tells me Montana’s political practices commission will be rather busy.