Montana Republican leadership would be happy if the Garden City seceded from the state to become The People’s Republic of Missoula.
Until then, the GOP will deride decisions made by our local elected officials whenever it can.
Two examples this week: the city’s condemnation of Mountain Water, and the proposed background check ordinance for gun purchases and transfers. Both are being challenged by the Republican hierarchy.
First, some ranchers in Roy, Mont., don’t like the idea of Missoula owning its water supply. I’m sure that these two (Rep. Ryan Zinke’s former communications director and the past Montana Republican Party executive director) who are lobbying on behalf of United Property Owners of Montana, are irrelevant. UPOM filed a brief at the Montana Supreme Court, on behalf of the ranchers, opposing the condemnation proceedings.
On the gun side, Republican U.S.Senator and U.S. Representative and Montana AG – Daines, Zinke and Fox – are coming down hard on background checks.
All three weighed in on the ordinance:
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Thursday said he disagrees with the Missoula city attorney over the legality of a proposed ordinance requiring background checks for firearms sold or transferred within the city.
Fox released his opinion via a one-sentence news release.
Two hours later, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke, both Republicans, also released a joint statement urging the city to withdraw the ordinance.
While they support local control, they said, the ordinance presented a “rare occasion” to express their opposition to what they described as “misguided” legislation.
They support local control except when they don’t. Espeacially in Missoula.