On Monday, we reported that Montana Democrats picked a candidate who describes herself as an "anarchist at heart." But, the Washington Free Beacon said Thursday, Amanda Curtis, the 34-year-old math teacher and state representative picked to replace Sen. John Walsh, the Democrat who dropped out of the Senate race over allegations of plagiarism, has ties to a labor group that seeks to do away with capitalism and has been called a "revolutionary socialist."
In fact, Lachlan Markay said, Curtis may be too extreme for a party that Townhall says is become increasingly extreme. According to Markay, Montana Democrats are hoping Curtis will become another Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who once said America should be more like Communist China..
"A self-described 'punktuator' who has been seen sporting a mohawk and studded denim jacket with the iconic anarchist 'A,' Curtis is certainly distinct from most Montana politicians," he added. An outspoken supporter of organized labor, Curtis has endorsed some of its most radical leaders, Markay said.
In one of two articles she wrote in 2008 for the monthly newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World, she quoted “IWW member Kevin Curtis." Curtis, it turns out, is not only the Butte delegate for IWW’s Montana affiliate, he is also Amanda's husband, but that tidbit isn't disclosed in the article.
"We are working to organize the people of Montana into the One Big Union to end wage slavery and eventually end the capitalist system," the group's blog says. The preamble of the IWW's constitution also calls for the end of capitalism.
"It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism," IWW's preamble says. "The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old."
But there's more -- much more. A Facebook photo shows Curtis with IWW members at the grave of Frank Little, an early 20th century board member who referred to soldiers serving during World War 1 as "Uncle Sam’s scabs in uniform.”
She also changed her profile picture to a photo of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Flynn, Markay notes, "was the chairwoman of the National Committee of the Communist Party of the United States." She also received a state funeral in Moscow's Red Square from Nikita Khrushchev in the 1960s.
It would seem that Montana Democrats have not only selected an anarchist, they have selected a candidate who seems to prefer Communism or socialism over capitalism. Phil Kerpen went even farther at American Commitment, calling her a "revolutionary socialist."
According to Kerpen, Curtis' Facebook page -- which is now private -- is filled with statements from radical socialist and labor leaders. It also includes her husband’s “Today's Labor History” posts, one of which suggests she and her allies will resort to “sterner means” if they cannot win at the ballot box.
Curtis' candidacy has been warmly embraced by national Democrats like Harry Reid and Kirsten Gillibrand, despite her radical ties and extremist views. Apparently, Kerpen noted, "in 2014 plagiarism is beyond the pale in the Democratic Party, but revolutionary socialism is perfectly acceptable."