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Montana House candidate leaving tea party association over leader's removal

2010-09-07T21:45:00Z 2010-09-07T21:57:37Z Montana House candidate leaving tea party association over leader's removalBy SANJAY TALWANI Independent Record Helena Independent Record
September 07, 2010 9:45 pm  • 

Kristi Allen-Gailushas, secretary of the Big Sky Tea Party Association and Republican nominee for a Helena-area legislative seat, is quitting the group following its removal of president Tim Ravndal for anti-gay comments made on his Facebook page.

"They didn't even listen to Tim and what he had to say," she said. "They were just worried about the [Montana] Human Rights Network and the ACLU and what they were going to say."

The Montana Human Rights Network advocates for gay rights and had called for Ravndal's removal.

Ravndal was ejected from the group Sunday after a post on his Facebook page appeared to make light of the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard -- a killing that has remained a symbol of anti-gay violence.

Allen-Gailushas said Ravndal wasn't even referring to the Shepard case, and that his comments were taken out of context.

She said she would submit her resignation from the association at Tuesday night's meeting.

She may have also been heading for trouble with the group’s board, following the revelation of one of her own Facebook postings that takes aim at gay people.

The Independent Record obtained an image of her Facebook page with her posting, "The Gay community wants a war…they've got one!!"

Association board member Roger Nummerdor said Allen-Gailushas had sent an e-mail to board members expressing her displeasure with the treatment of Ravndal.  He declined to specifically address her Facebook posting, but said before hearing of her planned resignation that the that board would probably discuss the matter.

Allen-Gailushas is the Republican nominee in House District 82, which includes the western part of Helena on up to the Continental Divide, against incumbent Democrat Mike Menahan. She said she has not received any help from the state party.

On Aug. 20, she filed a lawsuit to block the Helena School District's proposed health enhancement curriculum, appearing with Ravndal when she made the announcement.

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  1. 2buck2
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    2buck2 - September 12, 2010 3:01 pm
    ryan, I am sorry that the Christianity you were exposed to was like that. It should not be the goal for followers of Christ to want people to hate themselves or to hate others because they are different.
  2. abodox33
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    abodox33 - September 09, 2010 12:21 pm
    Hey Kristi: based off the pictures I've seen of you, you don't look like your quite fit to fight any war. Your antics are entertaining to me in the same way that the crazies on Jersey Shore are to me. Keep up the political stunts!
  3. hiddenmuggle
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    hiddenmuggle - September 09, 2010 11:16 am
    ryandelasiesta said: "Are you high? What are talking about? Are you saying you're ok with gays or complaining about Obama?"

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! I think he is trying to say that he farts like a homosexual bear and it's obama's fault for allowing the banks to make it public instead of jesus?
  4. GivePeaceAChance
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    GivePeaceAChance - September 08, 2010 8:08 pm
    F-22: Since you bring Christ into the picture I presume you are opposed to war and the resulting murder. For killing a child in a war is the taking of innocent life and Jesus says right in the Bible that taking an innocent life is an abomination to him. Black and white. Doesn't say OK if "collateral damage". A child is unable to be a threat to anyone in a foreign land so is innocent and taking its life is murder. Tolerating all peoples would also include Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq who do not have any intention of harming Americans (so long as the US does not invade and bomb their homes.) Thank you. ( I bring you up only because your moniker is that of a machine devised to murder children.)
  5. ryandelasiesta
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    ryandelasiesta - September 08, 2010 6:54 pm
    F-22 said: "ryandelasestia: You haven't invented/performed anything new that hasn't already happened between the sexes, and you can't legislate me into being gay either, nor my children so don't even try to convince me that I should find it acceptable, I don't. Junk science won't convince me of global warming, faulty financial dealings by the govt/banks doesn't convince me that the "stimilus" will work, nor will Obama-care save money etc ,etc, etc. I will tolerate peoples of all colors/religions/moral beliefs simply because it is my moral duty, bound by a love for Christ, because I, just as you, have choices to make. Who cares what goes on behind closed doors----if I belch, snore & fart like a grizzly bear in bed and share it with someone??? It still all sounds/smells the same-should I attempt to politicize that?"

    Are you high? What are talking about? Are you saying you're ok with gays or complaining about Obama?
  6. F-22
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    F-22 - September 08, 2010 5:29 pm
    ryandelasestia: You haven't invented/performed anything new that hasn't already happened between the sexes, and you can't legislate me into being gay either, nor my children so don't even try to convince me that I should find it acceptable, I don't. Junk science won't convince me of global warming, faulty financial dealings by the govt/banks doesn't convince me that the "stimilus" will work, nor will Obama-care save money etc ,etc, etc. I will tolerate peoples of all colors/religions/moral beliefs simply because it is my moral duty, bound by a love for Christ, because I, just as you, have choices to make. Who cares what goes on behind closed doors----if I belch, snore & fart like a grizzly bear in bed and share it with someone??? It still all sounds/smells the same-should I attempt to politicize that?
  7. ryandelasiesta
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    ryandelasiesta - September 08, 2010 11:34 am
    Montman said: "Making jokes about killing gay people really isn't funny at all; Jesus loves them same as me and you and gave His life for them too, even though He didn't create their digestive systems and reproductive organs for same sex toys. Yet it is the moral duty of strait (and gay), moral men and women to disapprove of this lifestyle choice and fight against it's public legal demands such as "gay marriage" and teaching (aka recruiting) kids in school how to do it. The "pink mafia", composed of groups like the ACLU, MT human rights (or wrongs) network, etc. are typically hyper-sensative and thin skinned in these situations, or are they too stupid to recognize poor humor? No, they know this is about hardball politics plain and simple, and the advancement of leftist ideals and their future "utopia"."

    You can't recruit people into being gay. You can't catch it like a disease. The 'pink mafia?' This is a ridiculous post. No one recruited me to be gay. I was raised thinking being gay was sinful. I now suffer from depression after years of self-hatred since puberty. Only in my later 20's did I realize how being raised to hate gays taught me to hate myself. Thank you Christian sex-ed and theology.

    There's nothing wrong with me being gay, having gay sex, or falling in love with and marrying a man. You will lose your "moral" war and I'll be there every battle.
  8. ryandelasiesta
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    ryandelasiesta - September 08, 2010 11:24 am
    Who declares war on gays? Hey lady, we come in peace and will not rearrange your furniture. This whole ordeal is getting well out of hand.

    So, how can we fund her opponent ASAP?
  9. hiddenmuggle
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    hiddenmuggle - September 08, 2010 11:19 am
    Montman said: "He didn't create their digestive systems and reproductive organs for same sex toys."

    Oh and I'll be sure to remember that my digestive system can only be used as an opposite sex toy!!
  10. hiddenmuggle
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    hiddenmuggle - September 08, 2010 11:18 am
    Montman said: "even though He didn't create their digestive systems and reproductive organs for same sex toys. Yet it is the moral duty of strait (and gay), moral men and women to disapprove of this lifestyle choice and fight against it's public legal demands such as "gay marriage" and teaching (aka recruiting) kids in school how to do it. The "pink mafia", composed of groups like the ACLU, MT human rights (or wrongs) network, etc. are typically hyper-sensative and thin skinned in these situations, or are they too stupid to recognize poor humor?"

    oh dear, you gave me a deep belly laugh!!! I've still got a grin on my face!! The "pink mafia"?!?! You mean like Sunny Corinthos running around in a pink polo? Or is it led by the marketing CEO's of Victoria Secret?
    Why is it my moral obligation to frown upon people loving and living together? I think I have more of a moral obligation to frown upon the Duggars and their explosive reproductive systems!
  11. enu_22
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    enu_22 - September 08, 2010 9:12 am
    Oh come on now! Purple will tell us this firing was the result of a leftist plot by DEMS/LIBS and Nancy Pilosi!
  12. Montman
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    Montman - September 08, 2010 1:38 am
    Making jokes about killing gay people really isn't funny at all; Jesus loves them same as me and you and gave His life for them too, even though He didn't create their digestive systems and reproductive organs for same sex toys. Yet it is the moral duty of strait (and gay), moral men and women to disapprove of this lifestyle choice and fight against it's public legal demands such as "gay marriage" and teaching (aka recruiting) kids in school how to do it. The "pink mafia", composed of groups like the ACLU, MT human rights (or wrongs) network, etc. are typically hyper-sensative and thin skinned in these situations, or are they too stupid to recognize poor humor? No, they know this is about hardball politics plain and simple, and the advancement of leftist ideals and their future "utopia".
  13. wileyOne
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    wileyOne - September 07, 2010 10:36 pm
    Good move to throw Ravndal out. The quoted references clearly tied directly to the Shepard incident, and hence the authors deserve to be forced to accept public responsibility for exercising their "rights." Good riddance to the local dingbat Allen-Gailushas as well. Now, if they both could take it one step farther and keep moving to someplace far,far, away.
  14. WalleyeHunter
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    WalleyeHunter - September 07, 2010 8:19 pm
    As someone who normally trends toward the conservative side on most issues, I have a pretty strong opinion about Kristi AG. She is all about political stunts and opportunism - - first she tries to dictate what my children are to learn in school by filing a baseless lawsuit (and hoping that the judge will legislate from the bench!) and costing us taxpayers money to put bureaucrats to work on dealing with this issue, and now she is trying to change her colors because the tide has turned against these sorts of wingnuts.

    The fringe element such as this should in no way claim any affiliation with the party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. She is trying to change her address becuause she no longer lives in a "fashionable neighborhood" from an ideology standpoint.

    I have seen this woman attempt to speak in a public forum and she proves my fear that it has become fashionable to flaunt one's ignorance in public. She is also a fan of spouting a few buzzwords - united nations, global warming, etc. etc - to try to mask her ignorance on matters of real policy.

    Today was a positive development in that it showed the true colors of some of these wretched Tea Party folks. Now that they are trying to rejoin the GOP, let's give this aspirant for politcal office the message that she needs to hear - you aren't one of us and we don't want your kind. While we tack conservative on fiscal and social issues, bigotry and hatred is not part of our moral fiber.

    The thought of Kristi AG representing my family and I in the statehouse on behalf of the Helena area is indeed scary. All the more reason to show up on election day and send a message. Not only do we need to right some wrongs in terms of the liberal agenda, we need to solidify the base of our own party and reject these morally and intellectually decrepid folks.
  15. GivePeaceAChance
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    GivePeaceAChance - September 07, 2010 6:05 pm
    The Tea Party is just another branch of the War Party. Dems, GOP Tea party all love big government in that they love to borrow trillions to wage war and kill innocent people throughout the world. They are all ghoulish hypocrits. Please do not confuse any of them with Libertarians and others who actually, truly believe in the constitution and its limits on government and war.
  16. 59602
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    59602 - September 07, 2010 5:29 pm
    As a conservative, I would happy to see both of these extremist away from the party. Maybe they can find a little ranch outside of jordan where they can stroke each others ego's and continue with their hate and own interepretation of the constitution. Folks say Glenn Beck is to the right, these two are off the page.
  17. hiddenmuggle
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    hiddenmuggle - September 07, 2010 4:42 pm
    she's a bit of an extreme wackadoo in her own right. if i had children in class with her children, I'd ask for my kids to be removed from hers. Hate and violence come from the home.
    Oh and I see this theme of the matthew shepard incident supposedly not having anything to do with the context of the post, but I'm not seeing any alternate explanations of "hanging fruits wyoming style"
  18. TheWalrus
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    TheWalrus - September 07, 2010 4:36 pm
    Yeah! They should have listened to his bigoted, homophobic incitement to violence! What's the world coming to when bigoted, homophobic incitements to violence are cast in a bad light? We need more bigoted, homophobic incitements to violence, or the terrrrrists have won!
  19. Independent
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    Independent - September 07, 2010 3:55 pm
    The Tea Party will have a chance to thrive if it keeps the fringe members our. Don't fight moral battles, fight big brother government.

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