Bangerter ran as a moderate, through also a devout Mormon, in Helena, one of the state’s most progressive towns. This was supposed to make us think that she wouldn’t be a smug, sanctimonious liar. I mean, Mormons are known for telling the truth. Well, we guess there’s an exception to every rule, and Bangerter is quite the exception.
With the backing of Big Insurance – and the biggest lobbying money spent in the entire 2011 legislative session, Bangerter sponsored proposal to allow life and auto insurance companies to discriminate against women. The insurance industry even had the audacity to have a woman sponsor the discrimination bill, and its sponsor, Liz Bangerter blatantly lied when she claimed (as she argued for a bill to end the ban on discrimination against women) that women would benefit.
Yes, “Representative” Liz Bangerter is some piece of work.
Bangerter tried to act the role of a pious protector of the Constitution, even as she sponsored one of the most unconstitutional bills of the session–but she’s just another low-life GOP hypocrite. The bill would allow insurance companies to base rates on gender rather than driving record-discrimination which the Montana Constitution specifically prohibits. So in spite of all the big insurance industry cash spent on the session, Schweitzer vetoed the bill. Bangerter’s is one more seat that the Republicans won’t be keeping.