A sleazy push poll and an awkward lie to cover it up.
Taylor Brown seems uncertain that his career as a commercial hack for used car dealerships might not be enough to convince people to vote for him, or his giant cowboy hat, so the Montana Republican Party decided (entirely without consulting the giant hat of course) to conduct a push poll, alleging that Lane Larson voted to limit property rights and to double the tax on cell phones.
How did Larson ‘limit the rights’ of property owners? By voting to protect the public’s right to access rivers and streams. Remind me which party supports hunters and fishermen again?
That misrepresentation pales in comparison to the cell phone charge. According to the push poll and Denny Rehberg paid liar Bridger Pierce, Lane voted to double the cell phone tax in Montana:
Bridger Pierce, GOP staff member and spokesman for U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, insisted Larson did vote to double taxes on cell phones during the 2007 Legislature.
One tiny little problem: Montana has never had a tax on cell phones:
"There’s no tax on cell phones," said Dan Bucks, director of the state Department of Revenue.
Bucks said it has been suggested before that Montana has a tax on cell phones, but it’s not true. He said the Revenue Department for several years under-collected property taxes from cellular phone companies, charging them a lower rate of 3 percent. When it realized the error, Revenue corrected the rate, essentially doubling it. The Legislature was not involved in the adjustment.
All across the state and country, we’re seeing the same thing. The bankrupt ideology and limited vision of Republicans after eight years of anti-intellectual corruption has left them with nothing to offer but misrepresentations and cheap political stunts.
As a postscript, has Bridger Pierce been getting paid for his Congressional work the past few months, given that he functions almost entirely as a spokesman for the Republican Party in Montana?