HuffPost: Gianforte’s Public Lands Record Under Attack

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HuffPost: Gianforte’s Public Lands Record Under Attack
 
Cooney: “I’ve used my time in elected office to expand protections for Montana’s public lands. [Gianforte’s] used his to attempt to strip them away.”
 

Helena, MT – Just over 10 weeks out from the general election, New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte continues to get hammered for his long standing anti-public lands agenda. 

As noted by HuffPost, protecting Montana’s public lands has emerged as a “key issue” in the race between lifelong public lands champion Mike Cooney and Gianforte, who sued public land owners to block stream access near his mansion on the East Gallatin River. Standing next to the property, Cooney said, “I’ve used my time in elected office to expand protections for Montana’s public lands… He’s used his to attempt to strip them away.”

Gianforte has maintained his anti-public lands crusade during his tenure in Congress, despite missing more votes than 93% of his colleagues. According to HuffPost“Along with drafting two bills in 2018 to roll back wilderness protections and filing a lawsuit in 2009 against the state to block river access on his property near Bozeman, Gianforte supports transferring control of federal lands to states. He voted for the Great American Outdoors Act, but did not sign on as a co-sponsor.”

“This November, Montanans will choose between a fourth generation Montanan who has spent his entire career defending and expanding public access, and an out-of-state multimillionaire who sued Montanans to keep them away from a fishing spot near his mansion,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “There is only one public lands champion in this race, and that’s Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney.”
 

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