"Fake" Republicans and Celebrating Conservatism

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Three members of the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee resigned from their positions Sunday, including Committee Chairman Dan Cox. Cox fronted last year’s campaign to repeal Ravalli County’s growth policy and spent much of the 2009 legislative session railing against a bill that would have established streamside setbacks on the Bitterroot River.

Cox and his fellow embittered Republicans—state committee chairs Mona Docteur and Jim Thayer—are also members of Celebrating Conservatism, a rapidly growing group that’s made some headlines in ’09 for hosting speakers like ex-Arizona sheriff and militia movement poster-boy Richard Mack. Cox and Docteur were reportedly staffing the group’s booth at the Ravalli County Fair last weekend.

“The vast amount of Americans—that included me up until eight months ago—have not been educated regarding their Constitutional rights and really understanding government or politics,” Docteur says. “That’s what [Celebrating Conservatism] is in the process of doing, getting people involved at that level.”

Cox, Docteur and Thayer served on the Republican Central Committee since April 2009. They excused themselves from the committee citing an explosion of “fake” Republicans in state offices and elections.

Docteur defines “fake” Republicans as “those people in office or people that are running for office that are under the guise of being a Republican but are not Republicans.

“They do not uphold their oath of office in regards to the Constitution,” she continues, “and they do not hold true to the Montana State Republican Party Platform, which is conservative.”

Cox alleges these “fake” Republicans refuse to defend—among other issues—property rights promised by the Constitution. Cox’s record (here and here) reveals a persistent distaste for any state and local policies that could impact individual property.

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