MTGOP Honors Law Enforcement During National Police Week

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May 11, 2022

Contact: alden@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – With today beginning National Police Week, the Montana Republican Party recognizes the heroism of all of Montana’s law enforcement officers and remembers those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In response to the start of National Police Week, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“Montana’s law enforcement officers represent the best of our communities,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “Whether it’s our highway patrol, county sheriffs, city police departments, tribal law enforcement, or campus police, these heroes put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. This week, we take the time to remember the 144 Montana law enforcement officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and honor all the brave men and women who bravely protect our communities. Unfortunately, our officer’s jobs have been made even tougher by defund the police fanatics and radical Democrats who refuse to secure the southern border, get a grip on the drugs pouring into our communities, and bring common sense solutions to skyrocketing crime rates. Our law enforcement officer’s and their families can always count on the Montana Republican Party to support our law enforcement heroes!”

Montana’s Republican elected officials have consistently stood up for law enforcement and pro-police legislation, while Democrats have been quick to support radical anti-law enforcement groups, adopt slogans such as “defund the police”, and vote against bills designed to protect our law enforcement officers. Now more than ever, Montana’s law enforcement needs to know that all Montanans have their back – regardless of political affiliation.

AG Knudsen Secures Major Immigration Win Forcing Biden to Keep Title 42 in Place

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April 25th, 2022
Contact: alden@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – A federal judge today granted Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevents the Biden administration from lifting the Title 42 border policy that allows border patrol officials to expel illegal migrants in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

In response to today’s decision by Judge Summerhays, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“The federal judge’s decision to block the last buffer between Joe Biden and his open border pipedream was a tremendous win for Montanans,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “Thankfully in the face of a Presidential administration fixated on pushing an open-border agenda, we have leaders like Attorney General Knudsen, Governor Gianforte, Senator Daines, and Congressman Rosendale that are working to protect Montanans from the wave of drugs, crime, and chaos that comes along with the southern border being left wide open. It is absurd that President Biden is continuing to harass American citizens for not wearing a mask or being vaccinated, while simultaneously welcoming illegal immigrants into American communities without even being tested. It is time for Joe Biden to listen to the bipartisan majority of Congress, end this assault on border security, and begin working in the best interest of American families and communities.”

Title 42 was put in place during the height of the pandemic by President Trump in order to allow Border officials to swiftly remove illegal migrants attempting to cross the southern border illegally due to their high rate of Covid infection. After attempting to weaken our ability to protect our border by suspending deportations, telling ICE and border patrol to stand down, and refusing to finish the border wall, Joe Biden is attempting to get rid of Title 42 which is the last line of defense for border officials to get control of the crisis.

Due to Joe Biden’s open-border policies, Montana has seen a dramatic spike in illegal drugs such as fentanyl, meth, opioids, and heroin being smuggled from across the Southern border into Montana communities. The increase in drugs in Montana is also driving a significant increase in violent crime across the state.

Judge Summerhays’s decision will allow border officials to continue swiftly expelling illegal migrants and maintain some measure of control at the border.

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Montana Democrats Show Hypocrisy in Montana Supreme Court Race

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April 6, 2022
Contact: alden@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – In a statement released last week, Montana Democrat Party Executive Director Sheila Hogan called the Montana Republican Party’s endorsement of James Brown for election to the Montana Supreme Court “unprecedented and deeply troubling”. They also called it “nothing less than an all-out attack on a co-equal branch of government”. In response to the attacks levied by Hogan, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“Ms. Hogan’s accusations are not only riddled with inaccuracies, but once again show the downright dishonesty of the Montana Democrats,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “The Montana Democrats can say whatever they want, but the facts speak for themselves. Our endorsement of James Brown is neither unprecedented nor deeply troubling. If the Montana Democrats were honest with the people of Montana, they would have shared their record of supporting judicial candidates. Just 6 years ago, the Montana Democrats spent over $60,000 to help elect Dirk Sandefur to the Montana Supreme Court. Their dishonesty is an insult to the people of Montana, but unfortunately is unsurprising.”

In 2016, the Montana Democratic Party spent over $60,000 to send out more than 93,000 mailers and run more than 200 radio ads supporting Dirk Sandefur for election to the Montana Supreme Court. They also explicitly supported his campaign saying, “The Montana Democratic Party joins folks of all political backgrounds in supporting Dirk Sandefur.”

The suggestion from Democrats that the Republican Party is waging some sort of imaginary attack on the Montana Judiciary by supporting a candidate for election is laughable. And while attacking the Montana Republican Party for “politicizing the court”, Justice Gustafson is lining up Democrat super-donors who have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to liberal candidates like Steve Bullock, Jon Tester, and Joe Biden in an effort to help her own re-election campaign.

If the Montana Democrats want to become relevant in Montana again, they should stop with their untruthful charades and start being honest with the people of Montana.

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MTGOP Endorses Jim Brown for Montana Supreme Court

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March 30, 2022
Contact: alden@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – At last night’s Executive Board meeting, the Montana Republican Party unanimously voted to endorse PSC Chairman Jim Brown’s election campaign to replace Justice Ingrid Gustafson on the Montana Supreme Court.

Montana Republican Party Chairman, Don “K” Kaltschmidt, released the following statement after the decision:

“Jim Brown has a long and distinguished record of integrity as a private attorney and as a Public Service Commissioner,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “The Montana Supreme Court has become politicized as the last lever of power for the Democratic party in Montana, and the last thing Montanans want is six more years of another liberal activist judge. Commissioner Brown will uphold the Constitution, stand for law and order, and never legislate from the bench. Electing Jim Brown, a true constitutional coservative to the Montana Supreme Court, will begin to restore integrity and confidence in Montana’s Judicial system. The Montana Republican Party is proud to support his candidacy and we look forward to seeing him elected in November.”

Governor Gianforte, Senator Daines, Congressman Rosendale, and Attorney General Knudsen all endorsed Commissioner Brown citing his strict judicial philosophy, his experience, and his commitment to the rule of law. Brown will be on the ballot in the primary on June 7th against Justice Gustafson, who is weak on crime and violent criminals, and liberal Helena Judge Mike McMahon, who has a record of opposing the 2nd Amendment. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election in November.

Jon Tester Announces Support for Radical SCOTUS Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

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March 25, 2022
Contact: alden@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Today, Senator Jon Tester announced his intention to vote in favor of Joe Biden’s far left Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Tester, along with his boss Chuck Schumer, are forging ahead with her nomination despite numerous serious concerns raised by Republican Senators, which should concern all Montanans. In response to Tester’s announcement, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“Jon Tester’s decision to support Joe Biden’s radical Supreme Court nominee is as reckless, but unsurprising,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “Judge Jackson has a long and disturbing record that includes being lenient with child predators, defending terrorists in her private practice, and voting to strike down President Trump’s executive orders that kept Americans safe. Jackson’s confirmation hearing did nothing to ease those concerns and she even refused to answer the most basic questions – including being unwilling to define the word “woman”. Judge Jackson has no business sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court and Senator Tester’s support for her is just one more example of how he has left Montana behind for D.C. special interests.”

Judge Brown Jackson has also previously expressed support for Critical Race Theory and allowed criminals in possession of child porn back onto the streets earlier than the sentencing guidelines. Jackson has been an activist judge that legislates from the bench for her entire career and there is no evidence to suggest that would change if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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MTGOP Congratulates Candidates Running for State Legislature

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March 15, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – The filing deadline for legislative candidates in the 2022 election came yesterday at 5 pm. The results of this year’s candidate filings show that 2022 is shaping up to be a good year for Republicans. In response to the candidate filing closure, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“After looking at the results of this year’s final candidate filings, one thing is absolutely clear: Republicans in Montana are on track to grow our majorities this November,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “Democrats are leaving dozens of seats uncontested while Republicans have strong candidates in almost every district across the state.”

“Montanans overwhelmingly supported Republican candidates in 2020 and over the past fourteen months, Montana Republicans have fulfilled promises they made to voters under much-needed conservative leadership. From leading Montana’s Comeback Plan to standing up against federal overreach and defending our freedoms, there is no doubt that Montana is stronger under Republican leadership. The Montana Republican Party is looking forward to expanding our majorities in the state legislature and know that our best days are ahead.”

Montana Republicans have candidates in 124 out of 126 seats in the upcoming election. Democrats failed to recruit candidates in 24 out of the 126 legislative districts on the ballot this cycle, meaning Republicans are guaranteed to win those seats in November.

Republicans had a total of 167 candidates file for office, while Democrats produced only 106 candidates.

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MTGOP Statement on the Passing of Rep. Frank Fleming

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March 8, 2022
Contact: alden@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Republican Party is saddened to learn of the passing of Representative Frank Fleming. In response to today’s news, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Representative Fleming has passed away,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “Representative Fleming leaves behind an incredible legacy of service, selflessness, and sacrifice to our great state. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has ordered flags be flown at half staff over state buildings and grounds from Tuesday, March 8th in Representative Fleming’s honor.

Representative Fleming served House District 51 in Billings. He was elected to the legislature in 2018 and served on the House Judiciary Committee.

Tester votes to advance “Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act”

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February 28, 2022
Contact: alden@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Today, Montana Senator Jon Tester voted to advance the “Abortion On Demand Until Birth Act”, a piece bill that would have made abortion on-demand a federal law. This radical piece of legislation would have mandated one of the most extreme abortion regimes on the planet and allowed abortions up until the moment of birth. In response to Senator Tester’s vote, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“Senator Tester’s vote today confirms what Montanans have known for years; Senator Tester is not a moderate and he does not represent Montana values,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “The fact that Senator Tester is willing to please his party bosses by voting in support of the most radical anti-life legislation Congress has seen, rather than protecting future generations of Montanans shows he has left Montana’s best interest in the rearview mirror. Thankfully Senator Daines and Senate Republicans were able to stop this bill in its tracks today. All human life is valuable, no matter how small.”

Montana Senator Steve Daines voted against the bill which ultimately failed 48-46. 

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MTGOP Endorses Congressman Matt Rosendale’s Re-Election

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February 17, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Republican Party endorsed United States Representative Matt Rosendale’s (R-MT) reelection campaign during an Executive Board meeting recently.

Montana Republican Party Chairman, Don “K” Kaltschmidt, released the following statement after the Party invoked RNC Rule No. 11 to support Congressman Rosendale’s reelection effort:

“Congressman Rosendale has been an unwavering and unapologetic fighter for the people of Montana during his time in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “From working to secure our borders, to protecting life and defending our Second Amendment rights, Congressman Rosendale continues to preserve our Montana way of life. The Montana Republican Party is extremely proud to endorse his re-election and we know he will continue to fight for our Montana values and represent us well in Washington D.C.”

Congressman Rosendale has filed for re-election in Montana’s Second Congressional District in Eastern Montana.

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MT GOP Welcomes New Communications Director

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February 1, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont – To ensure we have a winning message in November, the Montana Republican Party is pleased to announce the addition of Alden Tonkay as Communications Director.

“The Montana Republican Party is focused on building a strong team that will help us win in November’s elections. Alden will be a great addition to our organization,” Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt said. “Alden will be crucial in our mission to re-elect Congressman Rosendale, elect a strong Republican in our new congressional district, and expand our legislative majorities in Helena.” 

Alden joins the Montana Republican Party after serving in Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office. Prior to his time at the Department of Justice, Alden worked on several statewide political campaigns.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining such a great team of people at the Montana Republican party and am honored to be entrusted with delivering our party’s message to Montana voters as we move closer to November,” Alden said. “The balance of power in Congress runs through Montana in 2022 and I look forward to working to ensure that Montana sends two Republicans to Congress and retains a super-majority in both houses of our state legislature. 

Alden attended college at the University of Montana and lives in Helena. When not working, Alden can be found fishing, hunting, golfing, and enjoying our great outdoors with his family and friends. 

Alden can be reached at alden@mtgop.org

ICYMI: Montana Republicans Gather to Kick Off 2022 Campaign Season

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January 28, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Republican candidates running for the Montana Legislature gathered today outside the Secretary of State’s Office to hold their Republican candidate filing event to kick-off the 2022 election cycle. During the event, Republican Leadership shared their vision for Montana – one with a strong economy, more jobs and opportunity, and a commitment to protect our personal freedoms and liberties – and expressed confidence in winning key races across the state in November.

“Montana voters strongly supported Republican candidates from all across the state in the 2020 election. We listened to the voters and kept our promises – and now we need your support again. There are two competing visions for the future of Big Sky Country: the Republican vision of freedom and the Democrats’ vision of government control of your lives. In the upcoming 2022 election, we need Montanans to once again vote for these individuals who will protect your rights, liberties and freedoms – vote Republican.” – Greg Hertz, State Senator and Chair of the Montana Republican Legislative Campaign Committee

“Over the past twelve months, the people of Montana have seen the first hand benefits of electing Republican candidates. From cutting taxes and opening Montana for business, to fighting against federal government overreach, Montana is stronger under Republican leadership. We will continue working tirelessly to make sure no race is left behind and that our candidates are in the best position to win come November.” – Don “K” Kaltschmidt, Chairman, Montana Republican Party

 

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ICYMI: “Flip-Flop” Tester Announces Support for Changing Senate Rules to Support Biden, Schumer

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January 14, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Yesterday, Senator Jon Tester announced his intention to erase long standing Senate rules by abolishing the filibuster in order to advance Chuck Schumer’s agenda and cram through a federal election takeover. Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response to Tester’s reckless decision:

“Once again Senator Tester has flip-flopped on his previous position to appease Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden. This time, he turned his back on Montanans to support the radical Left’s attempt to change election laws to help the Democrats,”Chairman Kaltschmidt said. “Tester’s decision is nothing more than a far-left power grab to pass the Democrat’s federal election takeover legislation. If ultimately passed and signed into law, this bill would place the control of Montana elections in the hands of the federal government, allowing D.C. politicians to make decisions about what Montanans vote on. If Jon Tester cares at all about representing Montana voters, he needs to immediately reverse course.”

Tester filibustered 280 times when Republicans controlled the Senate. And it was just three years ago that Tester vowed he would never eliminate the filibuster. Montana voters see through Tester’s hypocrisy and they will remember it at the polls in 2024.

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