The Republican candidates for governor hit Montana television this week with a series of advertisements designed to sell their agenda to the voters of Montana just as absentee ballots reached many mailboxes.
Frontrunner Rick Hill promised to “Get the Job Done,” offering the same kind of vague promises that have marked his campaign from the outset. He’s continuing to play it safe with no real rival emerging in Republican field.
Neil Livingstone eschewed his typical comic book and gunfire approach in favor of an ad that has the production values of a middle school iMovie project combined with narration that would cure the most severe case of insomnia known to man. I still prefer Livingstone’s initial ad, which offered a bit more excitement while giving a more accurate view of the man’s career and temperament.
Corey Stapleton, who can’t count campaign donations, used his ad to demonstrate that he can’t count the ranks of the unemployed, lying that Montana’s unemployment rate is higher today than ever. Flatly untrue.
Once again the clear Republican theme is distorting Montana’s economic record, a record of real success in trying times. Instead of making Montana seem attractive to businesses, these three would rather promote the idea that Montana doesn’t welcome them. I prefer a governor who not only believes in the state, but who works for it—and promotes it.