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Wilmot Collins Shows Real Montana Values, Denounces Racism

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins pictured here with his son Bliss

I’m not sure what Republicans means when they endlessly talk about “Montana values.” Perhaps the concept means something different at the Yellowstone Club, but for this lifelong Montanan, the concept means respecting our fellow human beings and expecting them to contribute to the communities we live in.

While Steve Daines seems to believe that Montanans will celebrate racist attacks and those who dishonestly disparage those with whom they disagree, Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins understands that is not who we are. He has a refreshing faith in our better nature and won’t, like Daines so often does, seek to exploit the worst parts of it.

In a press release issued today, his campaign made clear that questioning the patriotism of political opponents is neither an American nor a Montana value:

While Mayor Collins believes there is space to challenge the policies and positions of candidates and public officials, using the tactic of questioning the patriotism of anyone who expresses new ideas is not acceptable.

In contrast with Steve Daines, who leapt to defend a transparently racist assault on four women of color, Collins affirmed what this country needs to relearn, lest we slip back the abuses of the McCarthy era: baseless attacks focused on race, gender, religion, or political affiliation have no place in our politics or the Senate.

And they have no place in our state.

Montanans have a choice over the next few years, one embodied by the approaches taken by Senator Daines and Mayor Collins. We can become a fearful people who assume the worst of our fellow humans, demonize people for the color of their skin and their country of origin, or we can work to emulate the life Wilmot Collins has, one of service to his adopted country and his community.

It’s clear that Steve Daines has no idea what Montanans want or what “Montana values” are. Next November—and until then—let’s make sure to show him what they really are and that we’re “tired of listening” to his retrograde, racist views best left to history.

Why not visit Wilmot’s web site today and chip in to his campaign to restore optimism and decency to our political system?

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • Lets see, Daines is a racist, Trump is a racist, Nancy Pelosi is a racist. Do you think anyone see this as other than foolishness, drama, and non-productive? Four inexperienced legislators, that will be gone in 2020, are turning the Dem party upside down. You think this will be the way to win an election? Look at CNN/MSNBC ratings. Recommend you push some policies other than those that implode the economy and safety/immigration. Legislators get to work or get ready to fail. Voters want results and they are tired of constant whining. 2020 is not that far off.

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