by Former MTCP Chairman J.R.Myers
More fallout continues within the Constitution Party due to recent events at the NCM meeting in Milwaukee. After concluding a successful convention in Helena, MT on May 4, the MTCP has disbanded less than two weeks later. This was a direct result of the ongoing controversy within the National CP.
It began over a 24 hour period with the resignation of the newest member of the MTCP Central Committee, NCM Jim Buterbaugh. On Tuesday 5/14/19, he texted, “I’m done.”
This was quickly followed by the resignation of the MTCP Vice Chairman, Tim Ravndal, and his wife as members. “Jim and I have been down this road together before and we both have said that 'we are not interested in repeating the same exercise again'.
After advising my wife about where we are at in this venture, she advises me that she would like to submit her resignation as a member of the Constitution Party of Montana.
So...I now must take one more step here today.
I hereby submit my resignation as Vice Chair of the Constitution Party of Montana effective immediately.
I created the Face Book Page for the Constitution Party of Montana and I am going to close that page in 2 days. I will post a message that I am closing the page so those following will be notified.
The original Group page created is still there in the event the party wants to go down the path in place in the future.”
This was followed on Wednesday by a pronouncement from the MTCP Secretary Treasurer, Travis Orback that, "CPMT is dead. I’m open to looking at the new party. I might meet with the Park County Libertarians to see what they have planned. I may just fall back into and focus on my family life.”
Then on Saturday 5/18/19-
I resign my position as Secretary/Treasurer of the group known as Constitution Party of Montana and its other name variations. I will not renew the P.O. Box and will hold onto the funds and distribute as I see fit.
I did the work to secure the name with SOS. I did the work to acquire the funds from the previous party. I was in constant contact with Frank F to get this thing going.
Now too many people are offended and I’m getting caught in the middle.
The next people who want to try can do everything from scratch.”
These events were a direct consequence of the inability of the CP to address the situation in a timely and lawful manner. The long CP history of splits and infighting was cited. The loss of the MTCP now appears to be a failed coup attempt orchestrated from within by the National CP Chairman and his allies, repeating the modus operandi used to interfere with and compromise the SDCP, the IDCP, the VACP, and countless others.