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Monday, July 20, 2020
Gianforte’s decision to not co-sponsor the landmark conservation bill comes as Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney rolls out his plan to “Protect the Last Best Place,” pledging to “strengthen the state’s public access programs and to veto legislation privatizing wildlife.” Comparing his public lands vision to his opponents’ – citing Gianforte’s refusal to sign onto the Great American Outdoors Act and his lawsuit against the state of Montana to block access to the Gallatin River – Cooney said, “The choice in this election could not be any more clear.”
Gianforte’s choice to forgo co-sponsorship of the Great American Outdoors Act has earned him criticism from both sides of the aisle. Last month, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney called Gianforte, urging him to co-sponsor the bill. Senator Steve Daines, Gianforte’s former employee, assured constituents that Gianforte “will be working hard to get this passed.” Still, Gianforte has not budged.
“Greg Gianforte has fought to block access every step of his career,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “That’s why voters are going to choose lifelong public lands champion Mike Cooney this November. When Cooney is elected, Montanans will know they have an unabashed fighter for public lands in the Governor’s mansion, not a multimillionaire from New Jersey who sued the state to block access to them.”
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