Montana Democratic Congressional Candidate Rob Quist Performed At Nudist Resorts: Does Anyone Care?
There’s an interesting political race going on in Montana for a vacant seat in the House. The candidates are Democrat Rob Quist, Republican Greg Gianforte and Libertarian Mark Wicks.
According to one poll from May 8, Gianforte has the lead on Quist by 8 percentage points, but Quist is said to be gaining support. (The support for Wicks is reportedly very small.)
This election came to our attention because of one particular background detail on Quist – he is a musician and has (gasp!) given performances at a nudist resort in the past. We all know this now because the Republican National Committee released a detailed story about this at the Free Beacon for their mudslinging purposes.
Quist performed several times at one nudist club in Idaho called Sun Meadow Resort. He has said that he was clothed in these performances (not that we, or anyone else for that matter, should care).
Up until this story came out, the resort had a photo on their homepage of Quist playing guitar on stage with his daughter (since replaced with a different picture). The resort has not replied to media requests for comment.
In an email comment to USA Today, NRCC spokesperson Jack Pandol said, “The more Rob Quist’s past is laid bare, the more his claim to represent Montana values is exposed as another charade. When all is stripped away, this washed-up hippie is just a naked embarrassment to the voters he’s running to represent.”
Did you get enough double entendres in there, Jack? And just what do Quist’s performances have to do with “Montana values”?
The Republicans’ mudslinging just looks like a desperate attempt to squash the growing support for Quist.
Quist’s communications director Tina Olechowski commented (to USA Today), “This is just a naked attempt to distract voters from (Republican rival) Greg Gianforte’s shady Russian investments.”
It’s distracting voters from all of the more important issues at hand, such as, I don’t know, healthcare? Gun rights?
But also… do voters even care about Quist’s nudist resort gigs? And if so, what’s their issue with it?
Personally I really hope that most do not, though it’s hard to say. In the 2015 NEF poll, we did learn that most Americans would either be indifferent or more supportive of a naturist political candidate (or one who supports clothing optional use of public land).
It looks like it’s going to be a close race. We hope that Montanans will do their homework on these candidates and vote for the person they think is best for the job.
Regardless of which candidate you support, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, whether you live in Montana or not, it is important for naturists to let Quist know that we support him, and we all loathe the RNC’s smear campaign.
We urge everyone to contact the RNC, the NRCC and Jack Pandol to tell them that their antics and their weak attempts at character assassinations are despicable and have no place in politics. After all, Quist did nothing wrong nor did he break any laws (as far as we know).
You can email Quist here: http://go.robquist.org/page/s/contact-us or send to: email@example.com . His Twitter handle: @RobQuistForMT
You can TWEET at Jack Pandol: @jackpandol and the NRCC: @nrcc . Pandol has his own awful quote from the USA Today story as his pinned tweet!
Contact the RNC at firstname.lastname@example.org or email the NRCC here: https://www.nrcc.org/contact-form/
The Montana special election will take place on May 25 so please make your voices heard!