Ahead of AG Debate, Knudsen Still Silent on Attacks on Veterans

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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Ahead of AG Debate, Knudsen Still Silent on Attacks on Veterans
Helena, MT – Ahead of MTN’s Attorney General Debate, Austin Knudsen continues to refuse to answer questions about why he and his family are gating a public road and blocking local veterans and the public from accessing the Legion Park outside of Culbertson. Knudsen is engaged in an ongoing legal battle against the City of Culbertson, the Horace Mann Post No. 81 of the American Legion, and local recreationists, over putting up a gate on a public easement, and preventing access to the 35 acre veterans park located along the Missouri River. 

Knudsen also refused to speak out for Montana veterans, nearly a week after reports surfaced that President Trump described fallen service members as “losers” and “suckers.” His silence comes as no surprise, given his long history of antagonizing veterans in his own community and voting against their interests as a legislator. In 2011, Knudsen voted to kill the veterans home in Butte, and in 2017 he voted against a bill to lower the cost veterans pay out of pocket to purchase a home.

“Montanans have a right to hear from Knudsen himself why he’s going out of his way to block local veterans from their own park,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Knudsen’s antagonizing of veterans is out of step with Montana values, and a slap in the face to the nearly one in ten Montanans who served.”


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