After claiming she “stands for working Montanans,” Senate candidate Amanda Curtis (D-MT) answered a question suggesting her associations could be considered Communist by pausing for a moment and then repeating “I stand for working Montanans.”
You know, because the phrases ‘that’s ridiculous’ and ‘there’s no way I’m a communist’ didn’t readily come to mind.
Via Montana Public Radio:
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis was in Missoula yesterday presenting a six-point-plan that she says would help Montanans struggling with student debt.
After her prepared remarks, Curtis spoke with Edward O’Brien about a few topics including conservative criticism of her family’s association with an organization some say has radical leanings.
Here is a transcript, with the audio segment to follow:
Host: You’ve also noted conservative criticism of your families association with the Industrial Workers of the World Movement which has an aim to take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth. Tell us about this organization.
Curtis: (laughter) Well, there is a clear distinction between millionaire Congressman Steve Daines and working-class teacher, Amanda Curtis. I stand for working Montanans, I will be the voice of working Montanans everywhere I go, every day of my life, and I’ll continue that in the United States Senate.
Host: I think the critics would say, ‘That sounds like contemporary Communism.
Curtis: (brief pause for a breath) I stand for working Montanans. I will do what’s right for all Montanans, on this campaign and in the U.S. Senate.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Curtis was caught with a ‘deer in the headlights’ approach to an interview question. Last month during an interview she had this incredibly awkward exchange…
Phil Kerpen at American Commitment did some significant research on Curtis, and explains how absurd it is that she is being embraced by national Democrats.
Despite her known extremist ideas and associations, Rep. Curtis’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate has been enthusiastically embraced by national Democrats, including Harry Reid, who said Democrats are “doing really well in Montana,” Kirsten Gillibrand, who has already sent a fundraising email for Curtis, and Jim Dean, whose group Democracy for America endorsed Curtis and called her a “progressive hero.”
Apparently, in 2014 plagiarism is beyond the pale in the Democratic Party, but revolutionary socialism is perfectly acceptable.
It should be noted that proponents of the ideology’s most virulent expression, Communism, killed approximately 100 million people last century.
Kerpen explains that the Industrial Workers of the World is a radical, revolutionary socialist group, and that she and the group have posted supporting statements about using “sterner means” to accomplish their goals if they can’t be achieved through electoral means.
Hmm, I wonder what “sterner means” actually means to a group of communists. Probably nothing to be concerned about.