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Friday, June 19, 2020
Helena, MT – In a Montana Standard op-ed, past board chair of Montana Conservation Voters and past North American Board Chair for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Ryan Busse, slammed Greg Gianforte’s shameful voting record in Washington D.C., where he skipped more votes than 93% of Congress. Highlighting Greg Gianforte’s infamous anti-public lands record, Ryan clearly lays out the stakes for the future of public lands access in Montana this November.
Highlights from his op-ed below:
“…The Montanans I hunt and fish with are hard workers who honor their commitments, but not Gianforte. We gave him a job, and he promised to represent us. But when it came time to show up for work, Gianforte broke his promise and skipped more votes than 93% of his colleagues. He even skipped work on days when crucial votes to provide $200 million in funding for state and local water pollution reduction were on the schedule. None of us would get away with breaking promises or skipping out on our job, and neither should he.
When Gianforte served on the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee, the committee responsible for overseeing and protecting Montana’s pristine outdoor heritage, he was absent for more than half of the scheduled meetings, leaving the concerns of Montanan out of the conversation.
Montana only has one representative in the U.S. House. So when Gianforte decided to skip out on his job in Congress, Montana’s hunters and anglers had one there to stand up for our public lands. These are betrayals that Montanans should never forget.
Any sportsman knows that wealthy out-of-staters, like Gianforte’s rich buddies, pose a huge threat to the continued viability of Montana’s incredible outdoor heritage. If we give him a chance, he and Juras will do their bidding by removing dozens of accesses across our state. Your hunting or fishing spot will be treated just like that river access he tried to remove.
Public lands are the one place in our lives that equalize us all. Every Montanan can experience world class recreation without the need to be a millionaire or an owner of a private jet. Greg Gianforte can use his fancy plane to fly to big resorts in far off places. He obviously does not care about these lands, but we sure do – I want to make sure that my two boys and all the kids of Montana continue to have the same opportunities that we all share now.
Nothing could be more American than our public lands, and it’s bad enough when scoundrels from other states try to attack them. But we ought to be particularly angry when one of those scoundrels is running to be our Governor. For the sake of all Montanans, and all of those to come after us, we must reject Greg Gianforte this November. Our outdoor heritage is at stake.”
Read the full Montana Standard op-ed: Our Heritage Is At Stake In November
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