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.
State Director Charles Robison joined Rep. Gianforte, State Rep. Welch, Beaverhead County Commissioners, @MontanaTelecom1 and the town of Wisdom to congratulate Southern Montana Telephone for its $3.3 million #ReConnectUSA grant to expand broadband infrastructure! pic.twitter.com/hWfN5KmJLo
— Rural Development – Montana (@RD_Montana) February 24, 2020
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.