Since the Montana press is largely letting Greg Gianforte’s past vanish from the special election, we’re going to repost some of the most important stories from our coverage of him last year. Collectively and individually, they paint a picture of a man who will not represent Montanans in a way we can be proud of.
Today you’re going to hear a lot about how Greg Gianforte plans to bring his business experience to the governor’s office if elected this November. If you listen just a bit more carefully, you’ll also hear troubling, conspicuous silence about his ongoing support for some of the worst supporters of discrimination in Montana and outside. Gianforte wants you know that he’s made a lot of money. What he doesn’t want you to know is how he spends a lot of it: giving financial support to organizations that endorse hateful rhetoric and damaging policies against the LGBTQ community.
When you’re tempted not to vote and speak up about political candidates, ask yourself if everyone you know has the luxury to ignore a candidate for governor so driven by his anti-gay views that he’s personally lobbied against anti-discrimination statues and donated millions to groups who demonize the LGBTQ community at every turn.
The political system in the United States may indeed be a broken system that encourages cynicism, but it still matters.
Montanans cannot sit by silently while someone with values like Mr. Gianforte has repeatedly demonstrated seeks to put himself in a position to make his bigotry the law in our state.
Take a few minutes today to read this piece in Buzzfeed that shows Gianforte’s priorities–and his passion for discrimination. And then share it with a few friends who know that discrimination cannot be tolerated in silence.