GOP Candidate Joanne Blyton, of Carbon County, has been caught telling untruths about the voting record of her opponent, State Representative Paul Beck (D-HD 59), during a presentation to a Boyd seniors’ group on August 19, 2010. According to an August 26, 2010 report in the Carbon County News (online version soon to be posted here when the Carbon County News has a spare moment), Blyton announced that Beck,
“…has consistently voted against Montana’s values. He voted against Montana Authority (HR3), against Montana Firearms Freedom (HB246), against Protection of Unborn Life (SB46), against Protection of Mothers-to-be (SB327), against Parental Nofification [sic] of abortion (SB374) and voted for Benefits for Domestic Partners (HB590).”
Only one of her claims was actually true. Here’s the deal:
HR3 is the only vote Blyton got right. It was a House resolution that Paul did indeed vote against. Which is smart because, as The Flathead Memo reports, it was essentially a piece of crap bill:
that panders to crackpots and zealots who want to lay a legal and political foundation for Montana’s secession from the United States.
Paul did not vote against HB246, the Montana Firearms Freedom Act like Joanne Blyton tried to say, he voted for this bill. So, yeah, that’s a lie.
As for SB46, SB327, SB374, and HB590, none of these bills made it out of committee–committees that Beck wasn’t even on.
Not only is Joanne Blyton’s credibility shot, reporters and bloggers will now take a close look at her her biography, website, and and other online and public remarks to uncover other falsehoods. Her lies insult every Montana citizen who has ever tried to make an informed vote.