Gianforte’s Latest Campaign Gaffe: Robocall Mispronounces Montana’s Capital–Three Times

A recent robocall from the Greg Gianforte campaign was eager to tell us, twice, how important it is that Greg is “here in Montana.”  Unfortunately, the recorded call goes on to mispronounce Helena, the name of Montana’s capital city, three times as Hel-AIN-a.

(Helena is pronounced like the name “Helen,” but perhaps Hel-EEN-a is how they pronounce it in New Jersey.) Regardless, it’s hard to send the message you’re a Montanan and would make a good governor when you don’t even know how to pronounce our state capital and can’t be bothered to care if your campaign staff learn either.

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22 Comments on "Gianforte’s Latest Campaign Gaffe: Robocall Mispronounces Montana’s Capital–Three Times"

  1. I strongly suspect that the only people who profit from robocalls are the consultants who convince candidates that even illegal robocalls delight rather than annoy voters. Gianforte’s allowing his campaign to be ripped off by robo bandits. That’s not a smart move, and the voters will not reward him for it.

  2. I think it also indicates that he is spending lots of his campaign money out-of-state, which doesn’t contribute to the local economy or jobs (which should really matter to him, being the only talking point I hear). Part of leading is practicing what you… preach, I guess? There are plenty of Montana based firms that could have done a better job, simply by being informed of the pronunciation of a Montana city. I too hope the voters will notice and not reward him for it.

  3. That’s probably not paid for by Gianforte, but some Republican PAC. Next time I go conspire with the suits in the Beltway, I’ll set them straight.

    • The recording says it’s paid for by “Greg for Montana”

      • Exactly!

        • Lousy sound quality. Still, I’ll let the suits know about pronunciation.
          Someone must have approved the script without specifying the language was Montanan, not English.

          • I like the way try to make yourself someone important Dave. Is this all part of some Republican strategy to get closer to having Brass Balls like Trump….one day?

            Because I would believe Better education might be the cure for all Ignorant bravado from your party as a whole.

  4. Hellina Handbasket | June 4, 2016 9:33 PM at 9:33 PM |

    Robocalls can’t be found in state because they are illegal by state law so candidates get them from elsewhere but yes the woman who recorded the call was not from here obviously. Either an out of state firm or an out of state volunteer or staffer. That poor woman is not feeling good now. Could that have been Amy Lunde gis campaign manager? she is from North Dakota. If so, the campaign might as well be disbanded because it’s hopeless.

  5. Mary Pat Tuxbury | June 4, 2016 10:37 PM at 10:37 PM |

    Actually, he was born in San Diego. He is not a good fit for Montana.

  6. I don’t think there he was born should be a factor. Lots of Montanans were born elsewhere. The use of robocalls that don’t pronounce the capital’s name properly is something to be noted – a symptom of following somd kind of campaign playbook provided by consultants without enough care and attention to what is right for Montana.

  7. Old Line Democrat | June 5, 2016 7:04 AM at 7:04 AM |

    Having an ad up such as this with mispronunciation shows one of two things. If Gianforte has folks doing this on his behalf he demonstrates a lack of interest in the process that I believe forecasts his interest in being Governor. That is he wants to be the name and let someone else (the lobbied interests) run things.

    Or on the other hand if he has folks working on his behalf who aren’t anymore interested in getting him as an individual elected than any paid employee, they want control of Montana but don’t really care enough about it to even get the pronunciations right.

    Either way it belies the fact that GG is in this for himself not Montanans.

  8. What do you expect from a campaign run out of the back of a seedy strip joint in New Jersy?

  9. Helena? The letter H first,then, elena. I do believe we have a SCOTUS justice with the first name of Elena. And it’s not pronounced as E- Lena as in Lena Horne. Yep, I can see the name mess up. However, it’s pretty bad when MT Cowgirl resorts to this mispronuciation BS as an item of discussion. LOL

    • Really? Explain why it is not up for Discussion? Even Kindergarten kids can say Helena correctly

    • Montanan who prononced Helena correctly | June 7, 2016 9:31 AM at 9:31 AM |

      It is an item of discussion because Montanans expect their Governor to be from Montana, not pretend to be from Montana. So I would expect one qualification of a Governor of Montana is to make sure that his campaign pronounces the state capital correctly. To have a candidate for Governor not insure our capital is pronounced correctly in his ads shows that he really doesn’t care about or is to lazy to do a simple task that a candidate should do, pronounce our state capital correctly. So chalk this up as just another example of how Gianforte proves he isn’t really a Montanan.

    • Charlotte chevrolette | June 7, 2016 12:25 PM at 12:25 PM |

      Just saying: all these things are indicative of the candidate and his personal involvement in the campaign. Or, maybe that’s how he says Helena.

      • It only takes watching a couple of local news broadcasts to know that’s not the way people in Montana pronounce it…

  10. The mispronunciation is amusing but the fact of the illegal robocall is offensive.
    People who have no respect for the law have no business making them.

  11. My, my…aren’t you snarky Dave Skinner..I’ll definitely have to purchase a Montanan language guide that ya’ll are using.

  12. WOW…digging DEEP for dirt. Must be desperate to find it.

    • Drunks for Denny | June 12, 2016 5:55 PM at 5:55 PM |

      No need to dig. It is all on the surface, like the gold in Confederate Gulch in 1864.

      All you need is the catch phrase, “6000 years”.

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