The Montana Daily Gazette was founded because the local paper, the Sidney Herald – now a dying decrepit organization playing musical chairs with out-of-state editors – was hesitant, if not resistant to printing the truth about Rep. Joel Krautter. Like with most mainstream media (PS I’ll get to you Havre Daily News in due time), it swings hard left. And so with ten years news publishing under my belt, I created the #1 online news source in Montana.
At the time, the mantra was simple; Krautter is a Democrat. I repeated this a thousand times. He founded the College Democrats at Liberty University. He refused to answer questions on gun magazine capacity limits. He was routinely for whatever program would raise taxes and grow the government. Yes, he may have run on the Republican ticket – just as he newly became a Republican when moving to heavily conservative rural Montana, but could he express – I asked – some sort of born-again type experience that made him change his views. Krautter claimed he had convincingly enough to beat our conservative candidate with his name recognition – having run one unsuccessful campaign before.
I was driven nearly mad. Names – ostensibly conservative names – supported him. Well known pastors supported him, yet he oozed Democrat from his skin. What was wrong with people, I wondered? The answer is, They’re people. They err sometimes. And I have been warmed in my heart to receive apologies over the last two years from those who now believe that it was I – and not Krautter – who was telling the truth about his ideological and political positions. A few stubbornites have hung in there, insisting Krautter is misunderstood or mistreated, but their numbers are small and their influence smaller.
There are seven pages of different articles (with many articles per page). It’s not because I think he’s a bad person.
It’s because he’s a liar. Oh wait, yes it is. He moved to my county, lied to my friends about his political views, and convinced them to do what their conscience would not allow them without having been lied to.
Taking the cake, was his mailer to Richland County insisting that his new opponent, Brandon Ler, was anti-gun. In all of my years in politics, I’ve never seen an advertisement that was more infuriating than that one. Krautter, who has to borrow a shotgun for a pheasant hunt for a photoshoot, called Brandon Ler – a man whose guns I’ve seen and with whom I’ve skinned deer – anti-Second Amendment. I believe that’s the moment he jumped the shark in the eyes of Richland County voters. Ler would not approve of this, but that made me so mad I’d like to find whatever gay bar Krautter is hanging out in and have some strong words with him over that ridiculous lie. May God control my temper.
We have covered:
Krautter’s F-rating on Legistats
I’m still on page one. There are seven more. But two issues, more recently, have revealed who Joel Krautter really is. The first is his lawsuit against HB702, the anti-vaccination bill. Literally to hell with Richland County Residents, Krautter joined Democrats to overturn HB702 in the courts to force employers to force masks upon employees. And secondly, Krautter has caused more angst and trouble in Montana than any other single lawmaker by suing the Public Service Commission in allegiance with the Upper Seven Law Firm – the same law firm suing this publication for “transphobic hate speech.”
THE MAN IS A DEMOCRAT.
But most recently – today in fact – the dying Billings Gazette ran an article entitled, Guest opinion: MT lawyers express support for Judge Brown Jackson. This is Joe Biden’s pick for the Supreme Court.
Now, in case you’re wondering, Judge Brown Jackson is not a Republican and may very well be the most liberal justice to ever sit on the bench. She’s a Biden pick, after all. So far, Senator Susan Collins of Maine is the only Republican to support her (she’s basically a Democrat, if that tells you anything.)
The woman is pro-choice. The woman is anti-gun. The woman is not a constructionist in any sense. The woman believes the Constitution is a “living document.” She is every bit as liberal as any pick by former President Barack Obama, and probably more so.
Guess who supports her in the Op-Ed to the Billing Gazette.
Marc Racicot, Att’y General (1989–93), Governor (1993-2001); Steve Bullock, Att’y General (2009–13), Governor (2013–2021); Patricia Cotter, Retired Justice Montana Supreme Court (2001-2016); James M. Regnier, Retired Justice, Montana Supreme Court (1997–2004); James C. Nelson, Retired Justice Montana Supreme Court (1993-2012); Michael W. Cotter, U.S. Attorney Montana (2009–2017); Constance Van Kley, Upper Seven Law; Andrew Imansees Huff, Chippewa Cree; Joseph V. Womack, Member of Montana & Wyoming Bars, Saige Smith, Republican; Madison Mattioli, State of Montana, Dep’t of Justice; Joel Krautter, Former Montana State Representative; Rylee Sommers-Flanagan, Upper Seven Law;
Notice that Rylee Sommers-Flannagan and Constance Van Kley – both suing me personally for “transphobic hate speech” (for quoting Bible verses in sermons) – are on this list, as is RAPH FREAKING GRAYBILL, heading up that lawsuit and former challenger to Attorney General Austin Knudsen.
Here’s my open letter to Krautter,
You came to my community, where I set down roots and my children – some Montana born, all Montana raised – and lied about your political ideologies. You convinced my friends, and people who should be my friends, that you were a staunch Republican.
Sir, you lied. And until you change your party affiliation, you will remain a liar. I see you have ditched your campaign pickup truck for a Cadillac. I see you wear a mask when you’re in public (and I’ve seen you take your mask off if you receive dirty looks).
You have betrayed the workers of the Sidney Health Center. You have betrayed our Public Service Commission – and in so doing – betrayed the state legislature, which is the body with oversight over the PSC, not the liberal Supreme Court.
I am a peaceful man. I promise you no physical harm. But with God as my witness, you do not belong in Richland County. My understanding is that you maintain two tax-free apartments, one here and one in Billings. I would highly, highly suggest you choose to remain in Billings because – again with God as my witness – I will make your business in Sidney as uncomfortable as possible.
As God-fearing people in Richland County, we do not appreciate being lied to and we do not appreciate being made fools of. You time here is short. Make it shorter.
[Editor’s Note: JD Hall]