Another Rough Week for the Gianforte Campaign Already…

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It’s already looking like another rough week for Greg Gianforte’s effort to buy himself the governor’s office. In words that were probably strikingly familiar to readers of this blog, the Great Falls Tribune took Gianforte to task for his repeated dishonesty during the campaign, writing that they are disappointed by his “tendency to talk without having the facts to back him up.” That’s polite talk for lying.

This evening, a new ad highlighting one of those lies hit the Internet and will likely be seen by many Montana voters. It’s the best kind of negative political ad, because it’s entirely true. When the candidate’s response has continued to be to keep repeating the lie, despite press coverage, despite legal filings, and despite the obvious truth, it’s a wound that simply won’t go away.

It’s never mattered to me that Mr. Gianforte wasn’t born in Montana, but it does seem clear that he hasn’t learned in the past twenty years here just how seriously we take our public access or how much stock we put in how people treat their neighbors.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Andrew

There are no ‘good’ negative political ads, there are only ones favored by the party that produces them. Most voters prefer ads that focus on the issues, and I would think a PAC calling itself “Good Jobs Montana” would be focused on… well, jobs.

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With $6 billion in economic activity and 64,000 jobs, Montana’s outdoor economy thrives because opf our stream access law. In fact, over $100 million from fishing alone comes in to this state. Those are outfitters, hoteliers, restaurateurs, etc. If you can’t see that our access laws mean big business, you’re sticking your head in the sand.

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staci

Mr. Gianforte is the best option for Montana. I would love to return to my home state, but due to low paying and lack of employment opportunities, I need to live out of state. Pretty sad when most of the younger professionals need to leave family and the place they love.

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Lucy

Anyone, if you really loved Montana, you’d be here, money or not. I meet poor people every day who have pretty nice lives because they can afford a whole house instead of an apartment, and they don’t need money to vacation because they can get in their cars and drive to the mountains or down to a river and camp for free. It is not about money here. Never was. And I hope it never will be. I moved here and made it work, by choice. Moved here in 1989. I was poor until 2009. Worked a lot, figured it… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Hey all, grow a pair….know when the liberal media is blowing smoke and twisting the facts to invent political rhetoric(lying). Research the facts for yourself and find the real truth. I am amazed how they insult us by not thinking we will not look into any and all indictments.

Pete Talbot
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You need to “grow a pair,” Bill. You sound like Donald Trump, blaming the “liberal media” for bringing facts to light. That’s always the right-wing cop out.

Bill
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And the usual twisted political rhetoric based on emotional intimidation and not the facts as reported bu the Missouian: “Gov. Steve Bullock and Democratic organizers took aim at Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte on Monday after an anonymous liberal blog surfaced …….” and “The incident provided fodder for Democrats who sought to extend their narrative……..” Makes you want to vote for Gianforte just so you don’t show support for this type of tactics. Governor Gianforte sued state in 2009 over access to river JAYME FRASER and HOLLY MICHELS [email protected] [email protected] May 10, 2016 11 Greg Gianforte Buy Now Thom Bridge,… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

The blogs could have also said ‘Gianforte maintains stream access and promotes soil conservation.”

Pete Talbot
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You have to wonder why Gianforte didn’t initially work with FWP to upgrade the trail and fence instead of going the lawsuit route. Maybe Wittich needed the work?

Bill
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Bill

Pete, he did via numerous letters via, yes, Art Wittich but no action till the lawsuit filed. Typical grief in dealing with the bureaucrats. Ask any farmer or rancher in the state. Most all have or know friends that have had to deal with the same.

Yes, Wittich and I hear a new PAC for Bullock for Avgas. Both are dandies.

billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/governor-candidate-gianforte-sued-state-in-over-access-to-river/article_951b0234-304c-5570-b90e-83e92fb8c976.html

Pete Talbot
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I’m not sure the link you provided bolsters your case:

“The Gianfortes and other landowners first contacted FWP in writing about the easement in April 2008 through attorney Art Wittich, the Republican legislator recently convicted for multiple campaign violations. The letter Wittich sent to director Jeff Hagener asked the department to give up the easement.” (Emphasis mine.)

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