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?

  • 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 my head looks like something that should have a condom on it. And hey, cum to think of it, that could be part of your anti-planned PARENT hood deal. Here, check this out.

    Hi, I’m greggg giant fart. I don’t have a condom on MY head, so, why should you have one on your LITTLE head? I’m greegg giant fart and I approved this message!

    You’re welcome, greeeggg. For you see, I just LUVE moron like you who move to our beloved Montana and make complete ASSES of themselves! Now, find yourself my jawbone and git to WORK, Samson! OOPS! My bad. You’re f*cking bald. You’re a baldy. Pelon. ‘SCUSE me whiles’t I searchest the scriptures whilest I find a bald headed hero!

    bwahhahahahaha!

    I love me a bald headed maroon!

    • 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 dink staff from back east to come UP with this nonsense? I garuan frickin TEE you that I’m cheaper!)

      Look, bugnutz, Montana IS hat country! There simply ain’t no inbetween! And if you were from here you’d KNOW that!

      You see, in winter, it’s colder than hell! ONLY a moron with a bald pate tryin’ to impress other outta staters goes outside without a hat. In the winter, that chrome dome wouldn’t last TEN FREAKIN’ MINUTES in Butte or West Yellowstone in the winter! Dude, you’ve got dumbazzzz outta state moron writ LARGE over your dildonic ass!

      And in the summer, the sun would bald pate look like well-done lobster in ten minutes!

      Greggg. have your people call my people. Sure, you got a whole lotta money, but you’re a freakin’ DUMBAZZZZ! Trust me on this one. Lose the Schweitzer wannabee look. I hate to inform you, but you are NOT Brian Schweitzer, nor will you ever be! You’re simply some reeetart from outta state that wants to bring JAYSUS to us heathens here in Montana. Trust me, I can help you. I can live with that. But first, be yourself. Be the BEST goddawm fundiwackmenalist OUTTA state moron that you can be! You will resonate with all the OTHER outta state southern retards who have moved here. Allow me to be your ombudsman. Together, we can make this happen!………………..for a price.

    • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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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