As the owner of montanafesto, I would like to make a few clarifications. First of all, the post is absolutely true. Jennifer Olsen, co-founder of “Montana Shrugged-Tea Party Patriots” and the current chair of the Republican party in the most populous county in Montana, is a political figure. While she may not be a politician, that is only because she has been unsuccessful in winning elections. My “disdain” for Jennifer is entirely political and is not the result of personal squabbles or pettiness. montanafesto was created to offer conservative commentary in a state blogosphere dominated by the left. While I am a Republican, I admit that I am socially moderate and identify to some extent with the Libertarian party. I am not a marijuana user but I advocate for allowing states to decide whether it is legal within its borders because I don’t believe in selective federalism. Montana’s medical marijuana industry was ruthlessly attacked by the federal government in 2011, with more raids per capita than any other state. Because our population only recently passed one million people, there has been very little media coverage of our troubles.
As for the 2012 Cannabis Voters Guide, you may notice that there are no elections in 2013 and that late this year, there will be a link for the 2014 Cannabis Voters Guide as well. I am well aware of the current year and I am again, not a marijuana user. This is not a personal attack. My blog is devoted to exposing corruption, bigotry, and most of all, dishonesty. We cover uncomfortable topics. Marijuana dominated the blog the last couple of years due to marijuana policy dominating politics in Montana. The 2011 legislative session in Montana was obsessed with the topic and many ridiculous and false statements were made by legislators that I helped elect. I was involved with Montana Shrugged initially. I discovered that the people who founded the group were lacking in integrity among other qualities that I hold dear.
Prior to the 2011 Legislative session, I was as Republican as one could be. I wouldn’t dream of breaking the 11th commandment… until I realized that I had helped to elect politicians who were nothing as they claimed during their campaigns. (I know, big surprise, huh?) I have no problem with attacking the President’s policies. I have never voted for Obama and I have criticized him on montanafesto. That said, his policies and his race are two entirely different things. As a fiscal conservative, I align more with the GOP than I do the Democrats, so I have a vested interest in purging the party of this sort of ugliness. Olsen has not issued an apology and her only statement that I know of was to a local blog in which she said the post was “absolutely not true”. I wish that was true. I really do.
Anyway, if you have any more questions, I would be happy to answer them. I would have preferred that a website more conservative than the Daily Kos would have picked up on this, but I’m not surprised.