There are four or five real GOP contenders for governor. But did you know that these fine gentlemen have yielded nine or ten potential first ladies?
Many wives, mistresses and/or girlfriends. Rick Hill? Two wives and at least one mistress. Neil Livingstone? Recently divorced and dating a younger gal. Ryan Zinke, Livingstone’s number two? At least two wives. Jeff Essmann? At least two wives. Ken Miller and Corey Stapleton are the only guys not to have been married more than once, apparently. (And this hasn’t been lost on the the family values wing. The Montana Right to Life passed over others to endorse Ken Miller recently, according to a recent Miller campaign email, which is pasted below the fold.)
What we have here, certainly, is a bevy of ladies men.
Dear Montanan, I am proud to have been endorsed by Right to Life Montana. Right to Life Montana describe themselves as a non-violent, non-partisan group with no religious affiliation. According to their endorsement letter from President Lianna Karlin, they are "passionate about protecting the lives of the innocents, and it is our privilege to endorse and support political candidates who share our view that every innocent human life has infinite intrinsic value and is worthy of protection under the law". Our Declaration of Independence -- the fundamental principles that our country was founded upon -- states clearly that among our unalienable rights is one of life: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (U.S. Declaration of Independence, 1776)." From my time serving as a Senator in the Montana legislature, I have compiled a record demonstrating my commitment to not only discouraging, but ending, abortion by closing pro-abortion loopholes and voting against any funding that promotes the practice of abortion. That being said, I believe that compassion is crucial for those who are faced with this unplanned crossroads in life. As such, I fully support the work of Montana's many crisis pregnancy centers as well as their tireless volunteers and other organizations that are committed to working with Montana's expectant parents with care and compassion. I am unashamed to be both a social and a fiscal conservative, and as such, believe that individual communities -- such as those in our great state -- should rise up and contribute voluntarily to care for those in need, whether it be financially, emotionally, physically or all of the above. In cases such as unplanned pregnancies, it typically involves all three. I am honored to count various pro-life and pro-family leaders across Montana as individual campaign supporters and thank them for stepping up in their communities and setting the example. With so many American families waiting to adopt children, and the culture that continues to camouflage the reality of innocent lives in the language of "choice," I will do everything in my power to promote the value -- and the simple miracle -- of every human life. I will also encourage legislative and administrative actions to protect the rights of Montana's citizens who have no voice. Sincerely, Ken Miller Republican Candidate for Montana Governor