Billings Gazette Op-ed: Beware the carpetbagger, Montana’s future is at stake

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Billings Gazette Op-ed: Beware the carpetbagger, Montana’s future is at stake
“Gianforte has shown… that his primary interest is finding ways to use our resources to his own advantage, even blocking access to public lands.”
Helena, MT – In a Billings Gazette op-ed, Russell Rowland warned Montanans about the pitfalls of electing politicians who are only out for themselves – like Greg Gianforte – who once said“cash is more important than your mother.” Highlighting Gianforte’s interest in using public office for his own benefit, Russell points out that Montana has always “seen through the carpetbaggers who think they can come in and tell us what’s best for Montana.”

Highlights from his op-ed below: 

…Montanans have also shown a strong knack for knowing when politicians are pulling the wool over our eyes. As a state, we’ve had some of the finest leaders we could expect through the years, and almost all of them have been committed to keeping this state viable because they have a long family history here.”

“Today, once again, we are facing a situation where wealthy outsiders have looked to Montana to make themselves even wealthier. Greg Gianforte, who was born in California, raised in Pennsylvania and began his career in New Jersey, is the second-wealthiest member of Congress. That’s apparently not enough for him, as he was one of the members of Congress who invested in a company that produces hydroxychloroquine, the drug President Trump falsely promoted as a cure to the coronavirus.”

“Gianforte has shown from the time he became a public figure in Montana that his primary interest is finding ways to use our resources to his own advantage, even blocking access to public lands through his own property. He has also supported legislative measures that will allow access to outside corporations to develop mining and oil production in our state. He supported every tariff, ignoring the fact that they have done serious damage to the agricultural community in Montana. Gianforte once said in an interview, ‘Cash is more important than your mother.”’Does that sound like typical Montana values?”

“And as many of you know, Steve Daines, who claims to be a sixth-generation Montanan, even though he was born in Van Nuys, California, made his own fortune working for Gianforte’s company. Daines is cut from the same cloth, putting himself and his wealthy friends ahead of the hard-working people of Montana. And of course, Matt Rosendale, the man who claimed in his last bid for election to be “a rancher,” despite the fact that his ranch had no livestock, made his fortune in real estate in Maryland.”

“I’m not here to tell you who to vote for, but I am here to tell you that we can do better than these men. And we always have. We’re a state that has shown a strong sense of logic and common sense, a state that has seen through the carpetbaggers who think they can come in and tell us what’s best for Montana. And at a time when everything is in flux, we really must do better. Our future is at stake.

Read the full Billings Gazette Op-edBeware the carpetbagger, Montana’s future is at stake

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