You may recall that their candidate for Hill County Treasurer, Bill Gupton, recently withdrew from the Hill County Treasurer’s race to take a job in Anaconda. The Republicans are allowed by statute to appoint a replacement candidate for Gupton to run against Democrat Sandy Brown.
It was announced in last night’s Havre Daily "News" that the local Republicans will be meeting Wednesday at the US Bank meeting room at 6 pm to “interview” current Deputy Treasurer Wanda Larson about running in Gupton’s place to take on yet another Hill County Treasurer’s employee, Sandy Brown who was the primary winner over incumbent Carrie Dickson. It is beyond me why HDN reporter Timmy Leeds would consider this a “news” story in the first place other than a partisan attempt to rile up the local voters. See his tripe here
We did a little checking this morning and what has happened is that Wanda Larson has been lobbying the local Republicans about appointing her to fill the vacancy and has also alerted the press as to her desire for the position, hence the newspaper coverage of this “interview” meeting. Those I talked to didn’t know if any other candidates had stepped forward other than Larson but did say that the Republicans are facing a deadline for making an appointment, if any appointment would even be made.
Is the local Republican hierarchy really this stupid? If you want to bring professionalism to the Treasurer’s office I would think that you would want a candidate with no present connection to that office or at the very least find a person with an aversion to the employees growling at the customers and munching HO HO’s while a line is waiting. It is also rumored that primary victor Sandy Brown has made the claim that she will be replacing Wanda Larson as her deputy when she takes office. Could this be what now motivates Wanda to seek this office? If she did desire to seek the office why didn’t she file as the Republican candidate before the primary? Something smells fishy about this whole 11th hour fiasco.
Wanda Larson did run for Treasurer as a Republican in the 2002 election. From what I could gather this morning here’s what happened at that time. Carrie Dickson was up for reelection and fellow county employee Kitty Galbavy filed to run against her in the Democrat primary in midst of a big interoffice brouhaha that was taking place at that time. Carrie, who was good friends with her deputy Wanda Larsen (who went by the name Wanda Mork at that time) thought if Kitty won not only would she be unemployed but most likely Kitty wouldn’t retain Wanda either so she convinced Wanda to file as the Republican to “cover all the bases” in the event Kitty defeated her in the primary. The truth as to the “duping” of the local Republicans came to light after the primary election when Carrie defeated challenger Kitty Galbavy and the so called Republican, Wanda “Mork” Larson, refused to campaign any further to seek the office because their “mission” was accomplished. These poor dumb local Republicans effectively had the wool pulled over their eyes and wound up throwing their angry support at Kitty Galbavy who then ran as a write-in candidate in the general election and was still defeated handily.
Now comes the same scenario being presented to the local yukes at the Republican Party expecting them to again fall for the same old trick. Why are they even giving Wanda the time of day after how she kicked them in the groin in 2002? Apparently there isn’t anyone left in the party that was a member of their group in 2002 or they are dumber then I actually thought.
The poor service and lunch counter attitude at the Treasurer’s office has raised the dander of many taxpayers and has made Hill County the laughing stock of the area yet no one with any credibility seems to desire the job. What is up with that? I have learned that you DO NOT have to have an accounting background to do this job. The preferred candidate would be someone with strong business management and customer service experience, not an accounting background. This job pays over $40,000 per year and has full benefits that are entirely paid by the county. This is a first rate job, why is no one clamoring for this position?