Meet Rich Jesperson. Former Lutheran pastor. Apparent author of an illustrated children’s book about baptism. A member of the Chouteau County Republican Central Committee. And the latest shill for Jersey Gianforte’s congressional bid, who now wants to preach to us about Montana values.
Pastor Jesperson recently took to the opinion pages of the Great Falls Tribune to tell readers that Rob Quist isn’t somehow a “real” Montanan with Montana values, suggesting that Quist is better suited to “sing at your daughter’s wedding.”
That’s an interesting thing to say, because it prompted a couple tipsters from Chouteau County to point out that Pastor Jesperson has had a well-known and storied reputation for being, well, unfaithful to his own wedding vows.
As if it were straight out of a Lake Wobegon tale, Pastor Jesperson’s struggle with fidelity has been the talk of Big Sandy for years.
Hey, that happens in life. But if Greg Gianforte is going to run on the moral values he brought with him from the East Coast, he probably ought to find other people of faith to throw stones in the glass house of politics.