…a trifecta of legislators: Representative Pat Ingraham, State Senator Greg Hinkle (both R-Thompson Falls) and Representative Gordon Hendrick (R-Superior).
Recently, as a writer to the Clark Fork Chronicle explained:
Republican state representatives Pat Ingraham and Gordon Hendrick and state senator Greg Hinkle met with Sanders County school administrators to talk about the school funding challenges facing the 2011 legislature. The meeting was arranged by Sanders County Treasurer Carol Turk who is running for re-election on the Republican ticket along with Ingraham and Hendrick. All three of the state officials expressed their concern about school funding issues. There “concern” would be a lot more credible if any of them had ever actually voted for state funding for education.
So each of these legislators count themselves as pro-education. If a bill came to the House or Senate that would improve educational opportunities for children, one assumes these pro-education legislators would propose to improve it, accept a few necessary small compromises and then enthusiastically support the proposal.
Yes, indeed, every Republican legislator is pro-education except when they are regularly anti-education. The state’s education leaders give Ingraham and Hinkle a 0% education voting record, and Hendrick a 15% (all are F’s).
Ingraham, Hinkle and Hendrick are all incumbent legislators which means that they swore to uphold the Constitution.
Here are three “constitutional upholders” that are masters at hypocrisy when it comes to the constitutional rights of Montanans, which include a guarantee of a quality education for all. Senator Greg Hinkle, Representative Pat Ingerham and Gordon Hendrick, step right up, you are the Montana Cowgirl Blog’s GOP Hypocrites of the Week for all your hard work at flouting intelligence out there in Western Montana.