Today, the staff of Gianforte’s so-called “Better Jobs LLC” has been found to be responding to press inquiries sent directly to Gianforte not about the LLC but about his campaign, as reported only by the Bozeman Chronicle.
The development is significant because Gianforte has been avoiding reporting his expenditures and donors – which is required those running for office, by claiming he is not running for office. Nope, in spite of hiring a bunch of GOP operatives, Gianforte would have us believe he is simply a guy with a somewhat-less-than-bold economic development plan.
As inflatable economic development “plans” go, this one is pretty desperate. It appears to involve mailing a brochure to entry-level employees who just got jobs in other states, “encouraging” them to tell their bosses they should get to work from home in Montana.
Never mind that these young people perhaps left because they preferred to live in a state where climate change isn’t claimed to be a hoax, whose legislature isn’t obsessed with New World Order Conspiracy Theories – or chest-thumping about “privacy” while trying to pass bill after bill to take away women’s privacy rights. Never mind that there are states without office holders, or would-be office holders like Gianforte, who are clamoring to enshrine the right of businesses to discriminate against gays in state law – states with cultural diversity and well-funded public school classrooms for their own future kids.
So now, at least, the three or four people in Montana who had not yet openly acknowledged this whole “Better Jobs LLC” as ploy can no longer do so. The question is what is it Gianforte is so keen on hiding. We will find out in time, but not perhaps until after Gianforte has scared other Republicans out of the GOP gubernatorial primary.
Perhaps he doesn’t want a story written about how he doesn’t really have much of support base and is instead bankrolling his own self-promotion efforts. Perhaps he has supporters he is embarrassed of or knows Montanans will not like.
Perhaps one of the things Gianforte doesn’t want us to know about is a man named Taylor Rose, who has been seen staffing Gianforte at public events, arriving and leaving with him. If Rose has landed himself a job with Greg Gianforte, this might prove a problem.
Rose has a dubious pedigree of involvement in far-right-wing white nationalist groups and causes, usually having to do with code words like “anglosphere” and how he is “working to build” one, with the right “identity.” (Read “white society.”)
Rose has written that the “secessionist movement needs more oxygen.” He posts things on Facebook that show solidarity with the white nationalist party in Austria, and Rose even attended and spoke at a rally in Germany that was organized by Youth for Western Civilization, a far-right student organization complete with its own swastika-like symbol, that has been condemned as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. During the session, Rose tweeted that a bill to finally get a water rights agreement in place for the one tribe with whom the state had not yet ratified the negotiated agreement was “the greatest tragedy of the 2015 session.”
None of this deterred Debbie Barrett, the embattled Senate President of the 2015 session, of hiring Rose to work the legislative session. Nor does it seem to bother Gianforte, who has opined that Bozeman would be better off if it had fewer LBGT people, in a letter that was published earlier this year.
Gianforte likely sees the anti-immigrant movement in Europe as somehow protecting Christianity from going extinct, and so he considers Rose to be doing God’s work.