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. This was followed by the resignation of the MTCP Vice Chairman, Tim Ravndal, and his wife as members. This was followed by a pronouncement from the MTCP Secretary Treasurer, Travis Orback that, “The MT CP is dead.”
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 was not due the unilateral actions of one person.