Party Of Family Values: Newly Elected GOP Lawmaker Is A Convicted Child Abuser

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This past Election Day, Republicans not only took the majority in the US Senate and expanded their existing advantage in the House of Representatives, they also handily defeated Democrats at the state and local levels. State legislatures across the nation, already dominated by Republicans, became even redder after Tuesday. Just as we saw in the national elections, GOP candidates used President Obama and his policies as negatives against Democrats, and the Dems mostly used the strategy of distancing themselves from POTUS rather than embracing his and the party’s accomplishments and achievements.

One election where a Democratic seat was flipped red was Montana’s District 32 State House race. The district is home to a couple of Indian reservations and has consistently been a reliable Democratic stronghold. In the past, Republicans rarely even ran a candidate and the Democratic primary generally determined who would represent the district. However, this time around, Gilbert Bruce Meyers threw his hat in the ring to take on incumbent Democrat Clarena Brockie, who was finishing up her first term as State Rep. Meyers, a Native American and former director of the state’s Indian Affairs department, defeated Brockie in a close election that was decided by a handful of votes.

Prior to and immediately after the election, there was no mention of a particularly troubling bit of information from Meyers’ past. Meyers was convicted of assault on a minor and sentenced to four years in prison. The conviction was over an incident of him abusing his eight-year-old son in 2005. The sentence was suspended on the condition that he does not reside in Broadwater County, where his wife and five children lived, and he paid restitution to his family. Per court records, Meyers’ wife at the time said that her and the children were all victims of his mental and physical abuse and that the children were scared to ride their bikes or sleep in their beds if they thought Meyers was in town.

For some reason, this information was never brought to the attention of voters. The Havre Daily News, the local newspaper, ran a profile piece on Meyers a week before the election highlighting his accomplishments and showing his positions on specific issues. However, not one mention was made of his conviction, which would seem to be something voters in the district really should have been told. The paper’s post-election piece also failed to bring up his past as a child abuser.

On Thursday, Cowgirl Blog, a political blog in Montana, posted publicly accessible information about Meyers. Doing a simple Google search, the site was able to pull up Meyers’ profile on the state’s website for correctional offenders. They also provided a link to Meyers’ court file from his conviction. Obviously, this is information that Brockie and state Democrats should have used against Meyers in the campaign. The fact that they didn’t is likely because they didn’t know of it, showing what a poor job they did at researching their opponent.

However, why didn’t the local media, especially the area’s newspaper, report on this at all? Considering that a political blog was able to easily find this information, shouldn’t the paper, prior to speaking with Meyers for the profile piece, have done at least an internet search of Meyers? Shouldn’t voters have been made aware of Meyers’ past prior to going to the polls on Election Day? When you consider all of the meaningless information that media outlets focus on when it comes to candidates these days, it seems almost criminally negligent that this information was not made public prior to Meyers getting elected.

 

H/T Cowgirl Blog

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32 Replies to “Party Of Family Values: Newly Elected GOP Lawmaker Is A Convicted Child Abuser”

  1. The Democrats and the media have no excuse for not revealing this information before the election.

    What I find more disturbing is the GOP supporting his candidacy. They would have done at least a cursory background check on him. So they had to know what they were getting. They put this pervert in the state house.

  2. Why does anything surprise you about the Republicans and the media. We are in the last days, and Satan knows that his days of control of the earth is ending. So he is pulling out all of his tricks. Lie, steal and cheat and I’m including the media in there. They wouldn’t know the truth and fair play is. They write what they want and most of is opinions, not facts.

  3. Oh, I’m pretty sure the Republicans knew of Meyer’s past. They just didn’t care. The only thing they are after is control, if they have to use a child molester to win a seat, they’ll take him. It is something we Democrats/progressives, apparently, haven’t learned.

    The ones that deserve excoriation are the media, the “journalists”. I guess like Chuck Todd, it isn’t their job to call out the lies.

    Well, ladies and gentlemen of Montana, watch your kids closely. You never know when, like Mark Foley, he might decide to send your kids “cute” little sex-mails. If he has done it once he will do it again. But then you voted for this pervert.

  4. Lets not stay at home for our next election!!! Vote vote vote!! This criminals need to go!!!! God bless our president!!

  5. It wouldn’t matter to the voters anyway. It is Montana after all. Where men are men, and the sheep are afraid.

  6. It just goes to show you that white people would rather have a rapist in government then have anyone associated with the President.

  7. recall the prick immeditaily to throw him out of office, there should be an investigation and also a recall election on his ass

  8. If anyone was wondering the length to which the Koch brothers will go to advance their agenda, you just found it! They want authoritative, aka abusive, people in government. Chris Christie will be their new posterboy – just wait until 2016.

    I am 68 and have never cast a Republican vote but I am now ashamed at the apathy shown by my own party. You want a theocracy? You’re well on the way. You want ACA struck down? You got it! You want less government but more control of our nations vaginas? You got it.

    Back to the days of backroom abortions in the name of Jesus Christ.

  9. “Pervert is in accurate. The conviction was for assault on a child, not sexual abuse.

    This is the type of deliberate misinformation I expect from Republicans, not responsible, rational thinkers.

  10. If this had been a Democrat running with this conviction, the Rethugnicans would have focused on that to the exclusion of everything else.

    In this case, they rightly assumed the Democrats were to lazy/stupid to even notice it.

    This is the poster child of why the Democrats did so poorly in these elections.

  11. A convicted felon in a lot of states can’t vote. (I disagree with these laws) Why can a convicted felon run for office?

  12. The party of Family Values means that YOUR values are the ones to be scrutinized, their values or lack of them are not to be questioned. The Reich Wing is arrogant beyond reproach and ignorant beyond reason.

  13. I compared the Democratic Party’s official platform (found online) and the official platform for the Green Party.

    It turns out, if you want actual changes, support the Greens—go take a look yourself. I’ve always voted Democrat, but no more.

  14. As much as the greens platform may appeal to you do you think it will make a difference? Like it or not we have a two party system and a vote for the greens is a vote for the republicans

  15. Maybe the GOP can recruit some intelligent candidates from non federal prisons. There are lots of”jailhouse lawyers” serving..

  16. OK people did i read wrong? I did not see anything about him sexually abusing his 8 year old child! What i read was he physically abused him and his wife and other kids.Yes that is also wrong and it should have been found out before he was elected, but the people elected him so therefore they are the ones that are lazy and didn’t know who they were electing.I say start doing your research and know who you are voting for before voting.

  17. “Meyers was convicted of assault on a minor and sentenced to four years in prison. The conviction was over an incident of him abusing his eight-year-old son in 2005.”

  18. This is all so wrong…he should never have been allowed to run, much less get elected.

    And, just to be clear, to accuse him of molesting his 8 year old son is inaccurate and unfair.

    There is no mention of “molestation”:
    Meyers was convicted of assault on a minor and sentenced to four years in prison. The conviction was over an incident of him abusing his eight-year-old son in 2005. The sentence was suspended on the condition that he does not reside in Broadwater County, where his wife and five children lived, and he paid restitution to his family. {Per court records, Meyers’ wife at the time said that her and the children were all victims of his mental and physical abuse and that the children were scared to ride their bikes or sleep in their beds if they thought Meyers was in town}.

  19. Why is it that Democrat scandals are always ignored by you people ,or written off as “a few bad apples”, but on the rare occasion that you find a valid complaint against a Republican ,you feel the need to paint the entire party as somehow complicit? Hypocrite much?[WINK]

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