It’s been a good start for the Montana Democrats in their campaign to paint Greg Gianforte as out-of-touch with Montana and Gianforte hasn’t done much to help himself. First, the Democrats spoiled Gianfrote’s announcement by leaking his filing before he could. Then, they launched a thorough site exploring Gianforte’s take on education, social security, “dark money,” etc. Montana Cowgil also pointed out that Gianforte’s campaign is being run by a bigot who supports the secession movement and Troy Carter of the Bozeman Chronicle highlighted some ethically questionable political contributions from Gianforte and his family.
Clearly, Democrats were doing a better job driving the Gianfrote narrative and Gianforte didn’t help himself by inviting Speaker John Boehner to come to Montana for a fundraiser. The Democratic Party is now parading around a clip from KRTV news highlighting Boehner’s visit. You can watch the clip HERE.
Boehner makes it even more difficult for Gianforte to distance himself from his disparaging comments towards seniors and Social Security. It becomes harder and harder to believe it when Gianforte says his comment that people should work until they die is being taken out of context.
Today, The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report moved the Montana gubernatorial race from “Democrat Favored” to “Leans Democrat,” so make no mistake that this will be a tough race, especially with Gianforte self-funding his campaign. That said, Gianforte’s campaign is showing more stumble than muscle in the early days and that should worry Republicans.