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Why Hasn’t Greg Gianforte Spoken Out Against Jim Jordan as Speaker?

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Greg Gianforte is bizarrely obsessed with Nancy Pelosi. Aside from brazenly lying about his opponents and being too afraid to meet with actual Montanans, you might argue that Pelosi-bashing is the most on brand element of Gianforte’s two campaigns for Congress.

He’s even released another dishonest ad this cycle arguing that his opponent, Kathleen Williams, will support Pelosi even though Williams herself preempted his move with her own ad announcing that she will not support her for Speaker. Never one to let the truth get in the way, though, Gianforte pressed on with the dishonest ad campaign he planned to run all along.

Lost in Gianforte’s Pelosi mania, though, has been the question of who he will support for Speaker if Republicans managed to suppress enough voter and hang on to control of the House. One of the leading candidates for the gig is Ohio’s Jim Jordan, best known for his silence while dozens of athletes at Ohio State suffered sexual harassment and abuse.

Nine former wrestlers at Ohio State have come forward and said that Jordan was aware of the abuse and did nothing:

Jordan, an OSU coach from 1986 to 1994, has already been accused of turning a blind eye to Strauss and not protecting students from the abuse.

“Six former Ohio State wrestlers interviewed by NBC News have said they believe Jordan must have known about the alleged abuse,” the network reported in June. “One said he had told Jordan about it directly, and his account was corroborated by another wrestler.”

Since then, the number has climbed to nine former OSU wrestlers who have come forward to allege that Jordan knew that students were being sexually abused by the team doctor — yet stood by and did nothing.

And Congressman Gianforte, who seems obsessed with the identity of the next Speaker? Silent. Missing in action. Turning a blind eye.

Personally, I think the issue of the Speaker is little more than a sideshow, a distraction from the policies that will matter for Montanans, but given the amount of time Greg Gianforte has spent talking about the specter of a Speaker Pelosi, doesn’t he owe it to Montanans to loudly and clearly proclaim that he won’t support someone who allowed the sexual abuse of young men to happen to lead the House?

Or perhaps, given Gianforte’s craven reversal and current support for President Trump, he doesn’t find sexual abuse disqualifying from higher office?

Maybe his next ad can answer that.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
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