- Hill’s brazen attempt to use secretive donations to buy election.
- Hill’s strong support for a sales tax, which seems to have waned only at the moment he realized it would be a disaster for a gubernatorial candidate to support.
- Hill’s disastrous revamp of the Workers’ Compensation system, which led to such difficulties that Republicans and Democrats had to work together in the last legislative session to fix it.
- Hill’s desire to gut public education and replace it with a failed, privatized system.
- Hill’s troubling, unresolved lack of business acumen.
- Hill’s endorsement of and by the most radically partisan Republican governors.
- Hill’s unwavering belief that Montana’s best days are behind her—sometime around 1912, it seems.
- Bullock’s commitment to public education, campaign finance laws, sensible energy development, and job development.
- Bullock’s record of achievement on DUIS, public access to lands, prescription drugs, and law enforcement.
Independently, each of those provides an excellent reason to prefer the outstanding Attorney General to the failed Congressman, but overshadowing all of these arguments is a more significant threat: Krayton Kerns and the Montana Legislature. While I believe that Democrats will certainly make gains in the House and the Senate this session, it remains possible, if not likely, that Republicans will control both houses.
And that means the first three months of 2013 will be as dangerous for Montana’s prospects as 2011 was. Once again, the Legislature will be passing bills that nullify federal law, gut public schools, call for a withdrawal from the United Nations, end stream access for recreation, and allow cyanide leach mining in our rivers. All that before mentioning their radical social agenda.
They’ll turn Montana into Idaho, which seems to be a state Rick Hill loves more than this one.
Rick Hill will not only fail to stop these terrible bills; he’ll champion them. And Montana simply cannot afford that.
Without Brian Schweitzer’s willingness to stand up to the worst Legislature in a century, what would Montana look like today? Does anyone reasonably believe that the Rick Hill will resist their irresponsible crackpot schemes? Montana’s environment? Her reputation as a destination location?
On their respective qualifications and experience, Steve Bullock is a better choice than Rick Hill to be Montana’s next governor. It’s even more clear when you consider the likely composition of Montana’s next Legislature. Having Rick Hill decide to sign or veto the radical agenda promoted by Montana’s Republican Legislature is a risk we simply cannot take.