Cruzado Takes Wittich to the Woodshed

There’s not much to add to this excellent guest column by MSU President Wadad Cruzado that appeared in Sunday’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  She points out the many “misrepresentations” made by Rep. Art Wittich (R-Belgrade) as he tried to defend his ‘no’ vote on infrastructure funding.  Also showing a total disregard for MSU and county constituents were Gallatin County Republican Reps. Tom Burnett, Kerry White and Matthew Monforton; and Republican Sens. Scott Sales and Gordon Vance (the only two Senators to vote against the bill).  She takes them to task, too, but it was Wittich who went the extra mile to block MSU’s Romney Hall renovation.  I recommend you read the entire column but here are two excerpts:

When the proposal came to the House, Rep. Wittich stood on the floor and spoke against it, lobbied his caucus against it and voted against it.


What Rep. Wittich did not mention was the fact that in addition to voting against Romney Hall improvements, he also voted against all of the above – research funding, faculty and staff compensation and the conditional tuition freeze.

What is Wittich thinking when he sticks it to MSU, the fastest growing university in Montana and Gallatin County’s largest employer?

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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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  • And how many of the three Representatives, and two Senators, might be from “safe” districts?

    Perhaps time to reconsider forward toxic results of gerrmandered R and D duopoly franchises in Montana, multiplied by out of State propaganda, methods and money.

    Maybe check out polygon redistricting concept and application in California, and how that might allow the one third of Montana people who are Independents, to have representation.

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