I don’t know who Megan from Bozeman is, but she’s a new hero of mine. Somehow slipping through the screeners who make sure that Greg Gianforte and Steve Daines never have to answer a challenging question during their sham telephone town halls, Megan was able to ask the Congressman a pointed question today.
And he refused to answer it.
During the session, billed as a “statewide town hall about COVID-19,” Megan asked Gianforte if he agreed with his running mate’s contention that Governor Bullock was wrong to block evictions and foreclosures, a story we broke last week.
From the call:
Megan: My question is do you agree with your running mate, that Bullock’s 11-day order protecting people from eviction is wrong?
Gianforte: I …you know … I haven’t made a comment on that. We’re really here… do you have a question for the doctor or for the SBA today?
Megan: No, that was my question.
Gianforte: Okay, thank you. Well next go to James in Lewistown.
You really must hear the audio to fully appreciate it.
The silence that followed before Gianforte refused to answer perfectly captures why he is not fit to serve in Congress and not fit to be our next Governor.
As a Congressman, Gianforte has refused to listen to the concerns of Montanans, never holding a public town hall where he might take a real question from someone who disagrees with him, preferring to hide in the echo chamber of those who already share his views.
That’s bad enough, but Gianforte’s refusal to answer a question about the Governor’s response to the COVID-19 crisis during a town hall about the response to the COVID-19 crisis betrays breathtaking cowardice and a cynical approach to politics that is almost unimaginable, even from someone who had a meltdown and punched a reporter for asking a question.
Montanans deserve to know where someone who wants to be our governor stands, and hiding behind a call screener isn’t standing at all.
Thanks, Megan, for reminding us just who Greg Gianforte is.