MTN News: Greg Gianforte Doesn’t Think Public Lands Are a Pivotal Issue

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MTN News: Greg Gianforte Doesn’t Think Public Lands Are a Pivotal Issue
New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte out-of-touch with 86% of Montanans
 
Helena, MT – Greg Gianforte just said the quiet part out loud. According to MTN NewsGreg Gianforte doesn’t think that protecting Montana’s public lands is a pivotal issue, despite the fact that 86% of Montanans believe that protecting public lands helps maintain what’s best about Montana.

Even for a multimillionaire from New Jersey, Gianforte’s anti-public lands agenda is way out-of-step with Montanans. 

  • Greg Gianforte sued Montanans to block stream access to a popular fishing hole near his mansion on the East Gallatin River.

  • In Congress, Gianforte wrote legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.” 

  • Gianforte supports transferring control of public lands, and he opposes buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites. 

  • Just last month, Greg Gianforte said he was “pleased” by the appointment of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management, despite his support “for selling off almost all public lands.” Gianforte also said he was “optimistic about working with Mr. Pendley to promote Montana’s interests.” 

“Greg, your New Jersey is showing,” said Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Montanans can’t afford to elect a Governor who doesn’t think public lands are a pivotal issue. That’s why Montanans will choose Mike Cooney, a fourth generation Montanan and lifelong public lands champion.”

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