Confronted With His Own Atrocious Public Lands Record, Gianforte Lashes Out and Calls Cooney a Liar  

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Confronted With His Own Atrocious Public Lands Record, Gianforte Lashes Out and Calls Cooney a Liar
 
The Baseless Charge Comes in Response to Lt. Gov. Cooney’s Plan to Protect the Last Best Place
 
Helena, MT – This week, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney and Rep. Casey Schreiner rolled out their “Protect the Last Best Place” plan to protect and expand access to Montana’s pristine public lands. Cooney compared his track record of delivering results for hunters, anglers, and all Montanans, to his opponent’s record of suing to block stream access and advocating for federal lands transfer. Left without an excuse, Greg Gianforte resorted to calling Lt. Gov. Cooney a liar

FACT: Greg Gianforte sued the state of Montana to block stream access to a local fishing hole near one of his several properties.

FACT: Gianforte has vocally opposed full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and refuses to co-sponsor the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act. 

FACT: Gianforte supports transferring management of federal land.

FACT: Gianforte opposes buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites. 

FACT: Gianforte wrote legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — which conservation advocates described as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”

This isn’t the first time Gianforte has called his opponent a liar for reminding Montanans about his record. During the primary, Gianforte accused Attorney General Tim Fox of being a liar after Fox publicly accused Gianforte of calling one of Fox’s supporters to encourage him to stop supporting Fox because he had cancer. The supporter in question confirmed the call, and described the dirty tactics as a “very ‘Eastern Politics’ approach and certainly not the Montana way.”

“The truth about Gianforte’s public lands record speaks for itself. Mike Cooney has spent his career fighting to protect and expand access, while Gianforte has worked to take it away,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “I wonder who Montanans will trust more – the man who lied to police about violently assaulting a reporter, or Gov. Bullock’s trusted Lt. Governor and lifelong champion for Montana’s public lands? We’ll find out come November.”
 

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