You are almost certain, in my estimation, to vote for the wrong candidate in one of the Democratic primaries over the next month.
I am almost certainly going to vote for the wrong candidate in one those same Democratic primaries, in your estimation.
The simple truth is that we have an embarrassment of riches in the choices ahead of us.
In the race for governor, we have an accomplished business leader with diverse experiences all over the world and an experienced political leader who understands Montana as well as anyone.
In the race for the Senate, we’ve got the two-term governor who brought Medicaid Expansion to Montana and who is guiding us through COVID-19 and a thoughtful teacher, rancher, and engineer bringing a new voice to Montana politics.
In the race for the U.S. House, we’ve got a pair of candidates who speak and live Montana progressive values every day.
For Attorney General, we have two accomplished lawyers who have chosen to make public service the focus of their professional lives.
For State Auditor, we have two candidates who understand that the purpose of the office is to protect the people of Montana, not the insurance companies and scammers who want to take advantage of them.
And down that ballot line, I am going to make some choices that are different than yours. I might believe that one candidate for Attorney General, for instance, is a stronger choice on defending public education, and you might believe that one of the candidates for the House has a better chance of finally wresting that seat from Republican hands. You might be an “electability” voter; I might be an idealist.
We’re both right to believe what we do and to vote according to what our consciences, our values, and our guts tell us.
We’ll only be wrong if we lose sight, in our passionate defense of the candidates we admire, of a simple fact: each of these candidates will be better for Montana than the Republican alternative.
There’s no question that Kim Dudik or Raph Graybill will protect a woman’s right to choose as Attorney General and no question that Whitney Williams or Mike Cooney will defend Montana’s public schools from the forces of coerced public payments for discriminatory private schools.
There’s no question that our candidates are better than Greg Gianforte, Steve Daines, Matt Rosendale, Troy Downing, and Austin Knudsen.
Let’s be careful as the primaries wind down not to let our passion turn into vitriol, our commitment turn into anger. Fight like hell for the candidates you support, but fight remembering that the goal here is to put one of our compassionate, bright, progressive candidates in each of these offices. Fight tough, but fight fair, and remember we’re all on the same team.
If we can all agree to that, all of us will be casting votes for the right candidates this month and in November.
Let’s go win these races!