The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to….

Matthew Monforton—GOP legislative candidate Matthew Monforton.  Since Monforton wrote a letter to the editor in the Bozeman Chronicle this week denigrating the elected body he himself is seeking to join as a “parliament of whores,” he is clearly is this week’s winner.

If the GOP-TEA controlled legislature is full of  people he calls “whores,” why does Monforton want to be part of it?

Monforton waxes apoplectic against the “whores” elected by the Montana Republican Party in this letter, yet has he accepted the Republican Party’s cash to work as on attorney on these whores’ behalves.  It is hypocritical to call a group of people whores, and then go out and take their money and/or align yourself with their cause.  That’s the embodiment of hypocrisy.

Monforton defended establishment gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill in court, when Hill was on the ropes for having accepted an illegal contribution of $500,000.  He also represented the Sanders County Republican Party, which sued to allow Republicans in Montana to be able to support and oppose non-partisan Supreme Court candidates.

You would think a candidate who writes that “religion is my passion, one to which I’ve dedicated my law practice” would stick up for honesty, decency and religious values.

Well, you’d be wrong, if that candidate was a hypocrite.  When a member of a Bitterroot congregation was defrauded by his own pastor, Monforton represented not the victim, but the perpetrator.  He represented Harris Himes, the Montana pastor who said gays should be given the death penalty (and who got busted for defrauding a member of his congregation, and is now in the pokey).

Nor can we believe Monforton’s claim that his opponent is a “liberal Republican.”  Calling Ted Washburn a hardline conservative would be an understatement.  He has a 100% rating with the ultra-right wing Montana Family Foundation, and also a 100% rating from the Chamber of Commerce.

Conversely, Washburn has 0% rating from the Montana Women’s Lobby, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL Pro-Choice Montana. He’s also received a 0% rating from the Northern Plains Resource Council, the Montana Education Foundation, and the Montana Human Rights Network.  Washburn even scores higher (more conservatively) than Arch Conservative Senate President Jeff Essmann and Dillon Republican Debby Barrett on Roger Koopman’s Conservative Alliance Scorecard.

In the words of Tennessee Williams, there’s only one thing that’s worse than a liar, and that’s a liar who is also a hypocrite. That’s why Matthew Monforton has the well-deserved dishonor of being the Montana Cowgirl Blog’s GOP Hypocrite of the Week.

Posted: February 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

This post was written by Cowgirl

5 thoughts on “The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to….

  1. Bob Williams

    Monfortons comportmants

    Remind me of probable root
    Of the word hypocrite,

    An actor!

    So comes the simple question,
    Looking through the layers,
    What did Jesus intend
    In his use of the word
    Hypocrite?
    And does that challenge us
    To do a lot,
    Say pull together
    And seek primary candidates
    Who will follow Law and order!

    Cowgirl doesn’t kick can down road.
    But goes up road and kicks over a can
    Covering a pile of voter critical information.

  2. Anonymous_Montanan

    Democrats make no excuses about massive government spending. For the government to provide a happy, healthy, shameless, and even exciting society, for everyone, regardless of their personal means, requires a massive amount of cash from the citizens as well as all you can borrow. Further, to make sure that no citizen gets into trouble and is in bed each night at a reasonable hour, a huge government staff is a necessity. This, in turn, requires every dime the public can spare and just a bit more.

  3. W.H.

    It’s much better for Democrats if Monforton wins. People like him will further drive the wedge between the hard right faction and anyone with a sane braincell left in his head – and his actions will taint the entire group of R’s much like a Derek Skees and James Knox.

  4. Drifter

    As we know, “Parliament of Whores” is the title of a book by P. J. O’Rourke. I doubt that Monforton knows this. He likely heard it in passing and is trying to pass it off on as his own. When I read about tripe like this, for some reason I always think about leaves stuck to my shoes

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