After what was perhaps the least sincere apology in Montana political history and a week of silence, Greg Gianforte is back in action, begging supporters to pay off “debts” incurred by his campaign.
In an e-mail sent this afternoon to people he imagines are supporters, Gianforte, incredibly, shamelessly suggests that his campaign was “up against incredible odds,” perhaps forgetting that he started fifteen points ahead of a candidate who had never run for statewide office before and conveniently forgetting the massive advantage he received in outside funding, an advantage that turned him from “a loser” and “C-” candidate into someone barely able to win the race.
What Gianforte certainly hasn’t forgotten, however, is the million dollar loan he gave his campaign when he feared his efforts to win another race were failing. While he may not be able to recoup the $500,000 he poured in after that or the undetermined amount he donated to himself in the past few days, Mr. Gianforte does want his million back—and he’s asking regular Montanans to chip in $25 to make sure that he doesn’t have to lose that.
It’s astonishing and repulsive at the same time. A man who reported that he is worth as much as $320 million dollars, who will be the fifth richest member of the Congress, and who claims he is headed to Washington to “drain the swamp” is begging hard-working people to pay off the debts incurred by his vanity and fear.
Greg Gianforte: not from Montana, not for Montana.