GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill, a philanderer and (according to his ex-wife) abusive husband who left his wife and tried to dump his kids on her, is now bragging about having been a single dad, believing that this will cause him to win his party’s nomination.
In an email circulating from the Billings Chamber of Commerce, which contains bios of each candidate for Governor, Hill writes in his bio that:
…he was challenged early in his career by having to run a business and a household as a single parent.
(Here’s the screenshot.)
And this is the second campaign in which Hill has played this card. In 1998 when running for re-election for Congress, when his infidelities were revealed, Hill ran a TV ad in which he paraded out his children and talked about his struggles raising them on his own.
He’s not being untruthful that he raised his children. What Hill is omitting from the story, however, is that he actually tried to ditch out of taking custody of his kids. In fact, Hill lied about this very fact in 1998, and got in trouble for it.
On the front page of the Helena Independent Record and many other papers in Montana in the fall of 1998, an article appeared, entitled “Hill Omitted Key Details About Divorce.”
Republican congressional candidate Rick Hill left out crucial details when he trumpeted his divorce records in August as proof that he’s a more responsible person than his opponent…Namely, Hill neglected to mention that four years earlier, he tried to divorce his wife and give her custody of their three sons.
Nor does Mr. Family Values mention in his bio the sordid details of the affair with the cocktail waitress that led to the divorce. Montana papers reported that Hill’s wife at the time:
recalled packing their three sons, aged 18 months to 8 years, in a car once and driving to the Sip-N-Dip lounge where she saw Hill with the other woman. She said she begged him without success to come home.
Nor does Hill mention that his ex-wife, in a public statement, accused him of being an emotionally abusive husband.
This is not the first time Hill has been caught trying to hide the truth from voters. This summer, the Billings Gazette revealed that Hill was caught trying to scrub his affair from his Wikipedia page.
Do I particularly enjoy delving into Hill’s personal and family affairs? Not at all. It makes me feel a little uneasy, in fact. I’d rather not have to do it. And, as I’ve mentioned before, Hill’s adultery is decades old. But I have no tolerance for politicians who try to take a negative aspect of themselves, and sleazily try to turn it into a positive thing, without someone holding them accountable for it.
This is a classic political trick, and you should know it for what it is. You will see plenty of it this election. Dollars to donuts, Rick Hill’s campaign ads this cycle will show lots of family.