The Nebraska Democratic Party is in desperate need of a facelift. Its leadership is filled with bad, nasty people, and its chairwoman is similarly disappointing. One now-former party official, for example, was caught on tape recently celebrating the June 14 politically motivated assassination attempt on Republican members of Congress.
The party’s former technology chairman, Phil Montag, in reference to Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was updated only recently to fair from critical condition, said “His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to fucking kick people off effing health care.”
“I hate this motherfucker. I’m glad he got shot,” he added. “I wish he was fucking dead.”
The audio of Montag’s rant was authenticated this week by Nebraska’s Fox42KPTM, which also reported that he was let go by the Nebraska Democrats as soon as his comments were made public (they should have fired him as soon as he said it, rather than waiting for the comments to go public). Though that’s probably a good step toward cleaning up the state party’s image, there’s more work to be done.
Amazingly enough, Montag’s impressively gross take on the Scalise shooting isn’t even an isolated incident for the Nebraska Democrats.
Another official, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, who chairs the Nebraska Democratic Party Black Caucus, is fighting calls for her resignation after she was caught publishing a Facebook post mocking the shooting victims.
“Watching the congressman crying on live tv abt the trauma they experienced. Y is this so funny tho?” she wrote in a since-deleted post.
She said in another post: “Hard to be empathetic towards those that have no empathy for us. The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.”
Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb, who confirmed Montag’s termination this week, is taking a hands-off approach to the Gentry-Tipton situation.
The issue is being handled as “internal party business … Republicans and Democrats should be able to go to a baseball practice and not be shot at,” Kleeb said, adding that, in the absence of a resignation from Gentry-Tipton, it’s on the Black Caucus to decide whether to remove her.
It’s “troubling that anyone would make that kind of comment,” Kleeb said, adding it “shows the ugly political divide.”
Not quite. It shows your party does a poor job vetting quality officials.
And if you thought Kleeb’s response to the Gentry-Tipton was lousy, consider her remarks following the Montag flap: “Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left.”
After a politically-motivated assassination attempt carried out by an alleged left-wing fanatic, and after her own people have been caught celebrating and snickering over the near-massacre, Kleeb has the gall to pull the “both sides” card?
We’re not sure what’s going on in Nebraska, but it sounds like the state’s Democratic Party is in desperate need of an leadership overhaul. And it needs it yesterday.