Things are heating up a bit as candidates get ready for the June 8 primary. Tyler Gernant released his first television campaign ad, which does a marvelous job of circling the congressional hopeful as he cracks wise about his age (and talks about his experience).
Gernant's ad seems a little more appealing than Dennis McDonald's forced I'M A RANCHER spot, in which his horse practically runs over the camera during the opening shot.
In perhaps a more interesting development, the Republican Party sent out a statement about campaign spots pretending to be from the GOP, but actually from something called Main Street Advocacy. We haven't heard the spots, but found the depth of the Republican's statement interesting:
Also, it appears that when some individuals connected with this group were originally trying to form a Political Action Committee under Montana law, they worked with Lorna Kuney as treasurer. Lorna is well-known to many Montana Republicans as a professional bookkeeper who serves as treasurer to some of Montana's most prominent Republicans, like Denny Rehberg and Roy Brown. She is also the assistant treasurer of the Montana Republican Party, under the elected Treasurer Shirley Warehime.
However, that attempt to form a PAC did not materialize, no bank account was ever opened, and later on the individuals in question placed the ads using an out of state group. The Party has determined that Lorna has never participated in these ads. The group paying for them does not employ her.
Party Chairman Will Deschamps investigated the ads, and spoke to Senator Jon Brueggeman of Polson. Senator Brueggeman told Chairman Deschamps that he is involved with the group running the ads, and anyone with questions is welcome to contact him.
We remind the reader that the Montana Republican Party takes no position on any legislative primary, and does not endorse in contested primaries. We hope that by presenting all the information we have gathered, we can put to rest any questions about the MT GOP being associated with Main Street Advocacy.