A few members of the Western Montana chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America don’t think it was a coincidence that City Club Missoula moderators did not select them to pose a question to Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines at a Monday forum, but event organizers say it was.
“I think there was some direct avoidance of the table that contained predominately Democratic Socialists of America,” said Josh Decker, one of the organization’s members.
At all City Club forums, there is a “table talk” period where each table’s occupants chat and come up with a question they’d like to ask the speaker. Then, City Club volunteers with microphones decide which tables get to pose a question.
Monday, however, only seven tables out of the 23 total got to ask questions because City Club meetings always end at 1 p.m. In past meetings, many tables have not gotten to pose questions to speakers either, and Royan said no table was singled out this week.
“I didn’t even know who a lot of those tables were,” he said. “There were two people roaming with microphones, and we had trouble with a third microphone. There were