Podcast: The Party Faithful

Flathead Beacon reporter Denali Sagner joins host Micah Drew to talk about her interview with former Republican Montana Governor Mark Racicot

By Micah Drew

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This week: Republican Mark Racicot served as the 21st governor of Montana from 1993 to 2001 and then went on to lead the Republican National Committee and serve as chair of George W. Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004.

In recent years, however, Racicot has emerged as a vocal critic of the Republican Party’s direction, and his opposition of Donald Trump and Trump-supporting Republicans, including U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, has drawn the ire of the Montana GOP. On Feb 16, the Montana Republican State Central Committee released a letter officially rebuking the former governor, and stating that he was no longer a member of the party and should not be considered as someone who speaks for the GOP.

Beacon reporter Denali Sagner spent an afternoon with Racicot and shares some of her conversation with him about how politics has changed since he was involved and his reaction to being excommunicated from his party. You can read her cover story, The Party Faithful, here.

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The music in this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. The episode also features two songs from local singer/songwriter Mike Murray’s album We Are Like Warriors, “The Good Ol’ Days You’re In” and “Moment of Time,” used with permission.

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