Op-Ed: Ronalee Skees, Pam Holmquist (facts revealed) Video Footage Included

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The following Op-Ed was submitted to FreeMissoulaNews by Julie Martin. Martin is a registered nurse of over 30 years enjoys writing, fighting for liberty, and the privilege of living in Montana.

Election season is already off to a very interesting start, and we are not even to the primaries yet. Two candidates, in particular, have recently garnered a great deal of negative attention for the tactics they have deployed to politically gaslight those who are telling the truth about their voting records. The two candidates I am referring to are Flathead County Commissioner Pam Holmquist, who is running for yet another 6-year term, and Flathead County Health Board member Ronalee Skees, who is running for the District 11 House seat currently occupied by her termed-out husband, Derek Skees.

While their voting records on the health board over the past two years are nothing to crow about, the crux of the matter revolves around their votes on March 19, 2020, a crucial vote that would determine the way Flathead County would respond to this alleged “pandemic.”

A moment of accountability came during the health board meeting in January. During the meeting, Holmquist made several false statements about how the board allegedly supported the rights of Flathead citizens during the pandemic over the past two years.

Dr. Annie Bukacek, another member of the health board, politely refuted Holmquist’s claim by explaining, while holding up a copy of the minutes from the March 2020 meeting, that she was the only abstaining vote regarding the draconian restrictions imposed by the Flathead County Health Board. Holmquist voted in favor of shuttering restaurant dining rooms and only allowing for carry-out and delivery services, effectively cutting off 80% or more of the income for these businesses. Her vote is public record, so it is plain for anyone to see, in black and white.

At that meeting, the theatrics from culpable health board members began, and the drama has only intensified since. In what one could describe as the political equivalent of “the devil made me do it,” Holmquist attempted to deflect responsibility for her vote onto then-Governor Steve Bullock. Ronalee Skees then went into full-gaslight mode by suggesting that any attempts to hold members of the health board to account for their consequential voting record were inflammatory and divisive.

Ronalee Skees asserted in a follow-up email, “As a member of our community appointed to serve, I do not swear an oath of office when appointed, that is usual for elected officeholders.”

In other words, if she did not pledge an oath, the principles of the Constitution do not matter. However, Skees signed an oath before both of her terms on the health board. These oaths are a matter of public record, so her assertion to the contrary is not truthful.

Holmquist and Skees then attended a Republican women’s function and cried the blues, claiming that they voted the way they did out of fear, admitting they believed the ridiculous assertions that we were going to need refrigerated morgue trucks, etc. Their vote came despite the fact, which was asserted several times, that there were ZERO cases of COVID-19 in Flathead County at the time and 12 alleged “cases” in all of Montana, including zero deaths statewide. Because we need public officials who vote based on fear instead of facts and principles, right?

Derek Skees then decided to jump into the fray, starting with last month’s health board meeting on February 17. During his screed, Skees labeled those who were pointing out the inconvenient truth regarding his wife’s voting record as woke, fringe, right-wing extremists.

You can read the rest of the article here and view video footage.

(This article was first published by Roy McKenzie of FreeMissoulaNews).

(Editor’s Note: Op-Eds do not reflect the views of Montana Daily Gazette)




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