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Jim Lynch Reminds Us That No One Will Vote for Him

It’s certainly amusing to watch Jim Lynch try to convince voters that he’s not only a Republican, but some kind of TEA Party conservative, given his most recent job, political campaigns, and history of political donations. It’s less amusing, however, to imagine what Lynch as governor would do.

In his first (I believe) campaign newsletter, Lynch asked and answered a question, presumably because no one was at his campaign event to do it.


That’s just tripe. Those radicals at the Tax Foundation said Montana’s business tax climate is 8th in the country, that we had relatively low property and income taxes, and that Montana is a beneficiary of federal dollars, at a $1.46: $1 ratio. You want to talk about a real issue facing Montana? Imagine a world in which a bunch of nullifying nitwits manage to drive off federal funding for the state.

As for me, I like highways.

And let’s not forget that the Chamber of Commerce thinks Montana has a pretty damn fine business climate:

Bolstered by growth in the energy field, especially in renewable wind energy, Montana is well positioned for new job creation.  In most cases this job growth will be driven by small to medium-sized knowledge-based enterprises that are attracted to the state for its high quality of life and access to the vast outdoor recreational opportunities. Montana is a national leader in the field of entrepreneurial  activity, garnering a top position for business climate and entrepreneurship in multiple indices.

Montana has streamlined and shortened permitting and regulatory processes in order to ease barriers to access for new and expanding businesses.

I’d say that Mr. Lynch overlooked a couple of even more pressing issues: a troubling lack of self-awareness in political candidates and a horrifying decline in proofreading. Also from his newsletter:

We need candidates and elected officials that walks the walk, not just talk the talk. We don’t need more of our failed past. We need new blood with fresh and unspoiled attitudes.
I am that candidate. I have the public sector record to prove it.

He has the public sector record to prove that he has “new blood”?


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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • Wow! I must agree with him! He truly DOES walk the walk, talk the talk, and sh*t the sh*t! I'm sorry, but this dude is pathetic.

  • "and that Montana is a beneficiary of federal dollars, at a $1.46: $1 ratio."

    I always hear this bantered about. So let's put it in perspective.

    Some of most poverty laden areas of urban American are totally dependent on govt. money. Take for instance our Montana reservations, I'm thinking 10/1 US to private.

    Is that what you want to hang your hat on. A third world economy/lifestyle?

    • Oh Ingrid, don't even go there, dude. Look, if the Natives ever get a good lairwyer to represent them, they just might OWN this country for what was STOLEN from them! Fear justice, dude. Fear it. Do you even KNOW how many treaties were broken by the gubmint side? Easy answer. ALL OF THEM! Ingrid, your racism is showin'.

    • Nope. I like highways. And veterans benefits. And Social Security. And Medicare. Montana benefits from those federal programs because we have long highways through sparsely populated areas, a lot of veterans and elderly.

      I don't think any of those things are suggestive of Montana become a developing world nation. They're sensible federal programs that Montana politicians should be smart enough to stop being demagogues about.

  • The ratio has been dropping since it peaked in 1999 when we were #2 in the nation at $1.70 per dollar paid in federal taxes. There are of course a lot of stupid federal corporate subsidies, but why bring that up while the champaigne is still flowing. $5 gas might wake a few people from their deep sleep.

  • Good to see scchweitzers lapdog attack Jim. Shows Jim is truly what we are looking for and shows that the bully is afraid of anyone a better man than he taking the governors seat and actually bringing mt together.

    • Wait, I'm the governor's lap dog? I think a better candidate for that title might be someone who took a massive state salary from Governor Schweitzer for over five years, the whole time apparently witnessing an anti-business climate in state government and never saying a word about it.

      Either he's lying now or he was willing to let it happen then–hardly the mark of "a better man."

      For what it's worth, I suspect the governor isn't terribly worried about Mr. Lynch following him as governor. It'll take more than 13 votes to accomplish that.

      • I don't know, Pogie, Lynch might get upward of 20 votes. There have to be a few voters that didn't follow the nepotism accusation, and other ethical problems, or his complete mishandling of the megaloads issue, while he headed up the highway depatment. He's right in there with the other Republican gubernatorial candidates on integrity, transparency and smarts.

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