Greg Gianforte Takes Credit for Rural Broadband He Voted Against

Just how stupid does Greg Gianforte think Montanans are? Almost two years after voting against an appropriations bill that included a $3.3 million grant for high-speed broadband service for rural Beaverhead County, Gianforte showed up in Dillon to take credit for the measure at a Monday celebration.

In a press release issued by the Department of Agriculture, Gianforte argued that the measure he voted against was critical for Montana’s rural communities:

Rep. Gianforte added, “Improving Montanans’ access to dependable broadband is critical to our rural communities. It will further empower our farmers, ranchers, small business owners and Montanans who want to work remotely. I appreciate the efforts of Secretary Perdue and the Trump administration to increase broadband access through the ReConnect Program. I’ll continue working to ensure our rural and frontier communities have reliable high-speed broadband, which will create more opportunities and improve access to health care.”

Read that quote carefully. Gianforte voted against a measure that he claimed on Monday was essential to businesses, communities, and health care in rural Montana. Gianforte voted against rural Montana, against our economy, and against the people of Beaverhead County, all because he doesn’t think enough of the people in this state to even be subtle about his mendacity.

As Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Sandi Luckey noted:

 “No self-respecting Montanan would stand with a grin on their face and take credit for another’s achievement. This is just the latest example of the kind of gutless and conniving behavior we’ve come to expect from Greg Gianforte over the years. Montanans deserve better.”

The only member of Montana’s Congressional delegation to vote for the measure that funded rural broadband across the country was Jon Tester, who understands that the role of our representative in the Congress is to not buffalo us with press releases and dishonest claims but to roll up his sleeves and get good work done.

We deserve a governor who has the courage and decency to tell us the truth, not some disingenuous hack from the swamp who’s only in it for himself.

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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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  • You guys can’t get anything straight. No wonder the Dem party is so screwed up.

    Greg, did vote for it after he unscrewed it from the almost another Dem wreck. Dems think codifying is burning wounds. LOL

    Dear Colleague:

    While Republicans support free and open Internet and have offered three bills to start a conversation on the best approach to codifying protections for consumers, H.R. 1644—The Save the Internet Act—is more about scoring political points than protecting
    consumers from ISP blocking and throttling.

    http://dearcolleague.us/2019/04/h-r-1644-hurts-rural-broadband-deployment/

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll163.xml

    • You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

      Gianforte voted against the Appropriations bill in March 2018 that funded these programs. You can see that by clicking the links in the post.

      The bill you included here has nothing to do with that funding at all.

      At least be intellectually honest.

      • Using your words, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.” Your link in the article concerning Appropriations bill in March 2018 is a bit murky and old news considering this article was written Feb 26, 2020. As mark replied, “Greg, did vote for it after he unscrewed it from the almost another Dem wreck.” Dems think codifying is burning wounds. Again you words, “At least be intellectually honest.” Let’s look at recent votes concerning H R 3055 H.Amdt. 429 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) Amendment increases funding for USDA’s Rural E-Connectivity (ReConnect) program by $55 million. FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 377 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll377.xml

          • Your article claims Greg Gianforte took credit USDA’s Rural E-Connectivity (ReConnect) program. Gianforte did vote for the amendment increases funding for USDA’s Rural E-Connectivity (ReConnect) program by $55 million. And Gianforte did vote against the entire measure, for whatever reason(s) he determined.
            Read this quote carefully and please tell me where Geg Gianforte claimed personal credit or voted for the measure.
            Rep. Gianforte added, “Improving Montanans’ access to dependable broadband is critical to our rural communities. It will further empower our farmers, ranchers, small business owners and Montanans who want to work remotely. I appreciate the efforts of Secretary Perdue and the Trump administration to increase broadband access through the ReConnect Program. I’ll continue working to ensure our rural and frontier communities have reliable high-speed broadband, which will create more opportunities and improve access to health care.” Your spin.

            • He voted against funding the program. Repeatedly, even though, as you note, he believes it was “critical for rural communities.”

              And then he showed up at the celebration for the grant. Even someone who’s been bodyslammed on the head by Gianforte repeatedly would have to see what he’s trying to do here.

              • Even someone who’s been bodyslammed on the head by Gianforte repeatedly would have to see what you’re doing in this article. Partisan hacks Spin, Deflect, Project and Repeat. Season with a veiled ad hominem attack(bodyslammed on the head or disingenuous hack from the swamp who’s only in it for himself) Have a great evening Don

                • Ron,

                  He voted against funding the program. The only ones spinning anything are the people trying to deflect from that simple, evidence-based fact

                • Did you turn off the reply after replying to me? Is that a debate tactic for getting the last word? LOL… Whatever the reason here’s my last reply to your last reply.
                  One evidence-based fact in the article, without mentioning the other evidence-based fact does not make the entire article a fact. No deflection just fact. In fact, for me, it loses all credibility when the headline states he took credit yet nowhere in the article has evidence-based facts to prove he took credit. All facts matter! Gianforte actually credited the efforts of Secretary Perdue and the Trump administration. Not himself. Gianforte also stated, “I’ll continue working to ensure our rural and frontier communities have reliable high-speed broadband, which will create more opportunities and improve access to health care.” Hopefully, that’s true but yet to be proved. Thanks for your time and replies Don.

                • No, WordPress lets you choose how deep a thread goes for the sake of readability. Why would I need to end the debate when you are clearly not winning your point?
                  Congressman Gianforte voted against funding this program. The evidence is clear. To suggest that he admitted that at the Dillon event is just absurd, and I suspect you know that.

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