Greg Gianforte is Afraid to Share His Out-of-Touch Beliefs on Public Lands

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Friday, May 15, 2020

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Greg Gianforte is Afraid to Share His Out-of-Touch Beliefs on Public Lands
Gianforte Dodges Questions About His Anti-Public Lands Policies
Helena, MT – The Wild Montana Action Fund, an organization that advocates for public lands, sent out a questionnaire to all gubernatorial candidates, asking for their policy positions on Montana’s public lands. Overwhelming, bipartisan majorities of Montanans believe in protecting public lands, yet New Jersey Millionaire Greg Gianforte did not bother to respond to the survey. Gianforte has been repeatedly attacked by his Republican opponents for avoiding Montanans – this dodge is just the latest case of Gianforte hiding his out-of-touch views from Montana voters. 

According to the Missoula Current, “the questionnaire focuses on Montana’s public lands, conservation and outdoor heritage” but Greg Gianforte has “regularly indicated [he] do[esn’t] share those values.” As noted by the Missoula CurrentGianforte opposes fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a position so out-of-touch, even Senator Daines and President Trump don’t support it. Moreover, “Gianforte support[s] transferring management of federal land,” and opposes “buying any new land for state parks, fishing access sites or recreation areas.”

“Greg Gianforte hates Montana’s public lands so much, he sued the state of Montana to block access to a fishing hole that’s a local favorite near one of his several properties,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Now that he’s running for Governor, he’s trying to hide his out-of-touch views on public lands from Montana voters. It won’t work.” 


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