Earlier in the week, this blog wrote some pretty nasty things about me. They decided they knew me better than I know myself. They jumped to conclusions and made false accusations. But never once did they try to call me, email me, or get any clarification beforehand. It was shoot first, and ask questions later.
So, let me set the record straight and make one thing perfectly clear: I’m pro-choice. Always have been. Always will be. And don’t let anybody inside Helena’s political bubble tell you otherwise. I believe the government has no right to tell a woman what she can or can’t do when it comes to her health or the private decisions she makes with her family or doctor. My wife and I raised our daughter to be a strong, independent, woman. In fact, she interned for Planned Parenthood in the year 2000, and as a family, we’ve always been supporters.
The attacks you see from this blog and the Cooney campaign signals desperation and what you might expect to hear from career politicians who’ve lost touch with everyday Montanans, especially those of us in rural areas of the state.
I’m proud to say that I don’t know how politics-as-usual works in Helena. But I do know how things work in the real world. I’m living proof that farmers and ranchers in rural Montana work together to get the job done. I don’t ask about someone’s political party when I sell them a bushel of barley, and I don’t slam the door in their face just because we don’t see eye-to-eye on some things.
Over my life, I’ve donated to Democrats and a few Republicans. The people I donated to are people I’ve worked with and that I respect, even though we’ve disagreed on certain issues. That’s because I believe character matters more than a political litmus test. A career politician may not understand that, but the rest of Montana does.
Whitney picked me as her running mate because she is committed to bringing energy, new ideas and some rural sensibility to Helena. Just like Whitney, I’m committed to doing what’s right for all of Montana — and that includes always protecting a woman’s right to choose. Simply put, my running mate, Whitney Williams and I are a pro-choice team.
The next time the author of this blog has a question for me, I sure hope he’ll call me first. I bet we’d agree on a lot more than meets the eye.