Bohlinger, a former Republican, also called out his GOP challenger for the Senate seat for voting in favor of the shutdown.
“Daines voted to shut it down," he told the Great Falls Tribune, referring to U.S. Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT). "He and the tea party Taliban rejoiced in that. They thought it was clever. They thought it was cute. It’s not. It’s hurtful.”
The Tea Party's role in precipitating the shutdown has made the group an easy target for Democrats. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) sparked outrage last month with a fundraising email that compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan, which was later condemned by some of the leading members of his party.
[h/t Huffington Post]