Must Read on Greg Gianforte’s Political, Personal, and Pecuniary Support for Bigotry

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Since the Montana press is largely letting Greg Gianforte’s past vanish from the special election, we’re going to repost some of the most important stories from our coverage of him last year. Collectively and individually, they paint a picture of a man who will not represent Montanans in a way we can be proud of.

Today you’re going to hear a lot about how Greg Gianforte plans to bring his business experience to the governor’s office if elected this November. If you listen just a bit more carefully, you’ll also hear troubling, conspicuous silence about his ongoing support for some of the worst supporters of discrimination in Montana and outside. Gianforte wants you know that he’s made a lot of money. What he doesn’t want you to know is how he spends a lot of it: giving financial support to organizations that endorse hateful rhetoric and damaging policies against the LGBTQ community.

When you’re tempted not to vote and speak up about political candidates, ask yourself if everyone you know has the luxury to ignore a candidate for governor so driven by his anti-gay views that he’s personally lobbied against anti-discrimination statues and donated millions to groups who demonize the LGBTQ community at every turn.

The political system in the United States may indeed be a broken system that encourages cynicism, but it still matters.

Montanans cannot sit by silently while someone with values like Mr. Gianforte has repeatedly demonstrated seeks to put himself in a position to make his bigotry the law in our state.

Take a few minutes today to read this piece in Buzzfeed that shows Gianforte’s priorities–and his passion for discrimination. And then share it with a few friends who know that discrimination cannot be tolerated in silence.

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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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“The mountainous state is reliably conservative, but less divided on social issues than much of the South and Midwest, Saldin said. “-Buzzfeed

Really? What about the gay marriage referendum that went down in flames a few years back?

Pete Talbot
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A few years back? As in 12? The times they are a changin’, Swede.

LK
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JEEZus! You mean it AIN’T pronounced Giant Fart??? Damn! Sorry, dude. But I’ve been pronouncin’ your name with Montana phonics. Yup. You see, gregggy, in Montana, when we see a giant fart, we pro NOUNCE it as giant fart! Thas just the way we are! We call it as we see it. And seriously, dude, you’re lucky. No, I mean that. With THAT bald head, you’re lucky we didn’t call you CONDOM head! You’re welcome. Feel free to use any of my comments in your ads. I give them to you. Feel free to say that SOME local a**hole thinks… Read more »

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p.s. And gregggy, since you’re my new best outta state inbred pal, I’m gonna give you a wee bit of advice. Is that ok with you? First, lay off with the Schweitzer wanna bee look, dink. You AIN’T from Geyser, Montana, weirdo! So lose that white shirt and the folksie/faux concern for us folks that really LIVE here! No one knows you, nor CARES to know you! You’re tryin’ to be Brian lite, and you simply LOOK like a dink for doin’ so! (hire me, dufus! I’ll make you look like a real Montanan! how much did you pay your… Read more »

Son of Anarchyii
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Son of Anarchyii

Larry Vagg has sex with men on his perverted mind.

LK
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Hi cupcake. Still ANAL nomymous I see! Kinda sad. No, REALLY sad. Why aren’t you down in Burns with the Dildo Mlisha? I heard that they’re lookin’ for a few good girlie men!

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Gianforte is not only anti-LGBT he is also anti-public schools, anti-public lands, anti-Union, anti-social security, anti-retirement and pensions and on and on…..he is the Koch’s dream candidate. In fact Gianforte won the 2012 AFP – Milton Friedman Champion of Education Freedom Award for his work in attempting to privatize our public schools. Gianforte (The Great Outsourcer) will Brownback Montana if he wins.

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Hmmm – the last polling number I saw showed Montana as having 2.6% of our population identifying themselves as gay – do you really think that advocating special rights for gays, or giving them ‘victim’ status would be popular with the rest of Montana?

Don Pogreba
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Even with your tenth grade education I assume you know that’s not how rights work. They don’t depend on the size of a population.

I’m not sure what makes guaranteeing equal treatment under the law “special,” but would love to hear your insight.

LK
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Giant Fart’s base. Just as loony as HE is! Yup. THESE are the guys you want controlling public land policy! Come ON, feds. Do your damn job!

watch-loincloth-clad-oregon-militant-challenges-chris-christie-to-a-sumo-match-in-this-bonkers-video

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Wow. I’m impressed. From fat bassturd to………fat basturd for Jaysus! No, really, this guy is interesting. Check it out.

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Jesus. Just Jesus. THIS pedazo de caca is what all our military men died fighting to protect? WASTE this mormmon piece of sh!t and all his inbred followers! It’s time. What a flucking pathetic bunch of reetart fluckers! Come ON, O’Bama. They hate you anyway. Do the right thing for my beautiful Oregon! (yes, I was born there. and I LOVE Eastern Oregon.)

LK
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Where the freakin’ HELL is the black dude? Come ON, Obummer! Do your dman DUTY, dude! Are you really the big wussy the righties think you are? I’m beginning to think so. The Or. guvvy, a lezzy, has more nuts than YOU do! And thas just kinda really sad. Act before the Paiutes take over.

http://www.opb.org/news/series/burns-oregon-standoff-bundy-militia-news-updates/judge-grasty-fbi-needs-to-remove-militants-now/

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The kids are right. This is NOT OK! Come ON, black dude! Do your damn duty for ONCE in our pathetic tenure! You got bin laden. Now, git bin bundy! What? You got no nuts? I thought so. Well, you’d better do it soon for the folks in Burns will do it FOR your sorry ass!

http://www.opb.org/news/series/burns-oregon-standoff-bundy-militia-news-updates/teachers-guns-harney-county-schools/

Spoke to friends from there today, and they are gonna go it alone if Obummer don’t get off his black ass!

Eric
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Don, they already have equal rights under the laws, and you know it. Should they get victim status based on what they do in their bedrooms? No.
Tell me one right I have, that some gay guy in Helena doesn’t have? Just One.

LK
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Eric, how are things down in Billings? I hear that Tom Hanel might run as Giant Fart’s running mate. That would be kinda weird, for Tom is a really nice guy.

Eric
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I haven’t heard that Larry – and it would really surprise me.

Don Pogreba
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I take back what I said earlier. I assume it was 8th grade.

Eric
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Eric

It doesn’t hurt your pride to be out-debated by an 8th-grader? I guess the idiom is correct; Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. Come on Pogie – come up with one right I have that the LGBT community doesn’t have. You can’t do it.

Bill
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Bill

Hey, all, Quist told Dominican-American Latino Tom Perez not to come to Montana! Why does he not want to be seen or promoted by Mr. Perez? The Quist campaign would not respond when questioned.

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