—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.