This is Rich…Gianforte Using 7th Commandment Breaking Pastor for Morality Messaging

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.

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11 Comments on "This is Rich…Gianforte Using 7th Commandment Breaking Pastor for Morality Messaging"

  1. Another McDonald | April 2, 2017 4:59 AM at 4:59 AM |

    Because it takes hard work to stay in Montana we are naturally suspicious of self proclaimed “residents”. We’ve had too many folks from elsewhere come to Montana make money and leave us with a mess.

  2. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, have lived in Minnesota, South Dakota, Indiana, Washington (state), and for the past decade in Montana, but nonetheless have spent the majority of my years in New York City. Thus it is perhaps not surprising that I find the whole “New Jersey” bit rather tiresome. But I find absolutely offensive and stupidly parochial your notion of “East Coast” values. There are good people, with good values, in every state; there are less admirable people, with less admirable values, in every state — including Montana.

    • AFP paying you to write this?

      • Snidely Whiplash | April 3, 2017 10:08 AM at 10:08 AM |

        I say we go after I-Ho. I heard she’s not from around here either!

      • Ruth K is correct. But, it’s not just the Montana redneck self-righteous clan who come up with that crap about “outsiders” and “insiders;” that mentality is in every city and every state. That hunchbacked bunch needs to go out to the seven Native American reservations in Montana and ask leaders at each what they think today — and what their elders of yesterday thought — about all these white people who came to this land now called Montana. Self-righteous G.G. and his LGBT-hating wife, Susan, are as useful for the hopes of an inclusive and thriving Montana and nation as are the born-and-raised haters in our state, who are a bunch of latter day fascists, anyway. Nah: If you’ve got something positive to contribute, and even if you were born and raised in Bumbfuck, Indiana, you come on out here. We want you here. We’d like to send a goodly number of our own born-and-raised haters to Bumbfuck, where they belong.

  3. It is especially annoying when people who are rightly appalled by a President who has raised doubt about the ability of people raised in another country 7,000 miles away to fit in with “our” values routinely spout the same garbage about people who moved across state lines.I support Quist because his policies and values fit mine. I oppose Gianforte because he is a jerk, not because he was born elsewhere.

  4. It is especially annoying when people who are rightly appalled by a President who has raised doubt about the ability of people raised in another country 7,000 miles away to fit in with “our” values routinely spout the same garbage about people who moved across state lines.I support Quist because his policies and values fit mine. I oppose Gianforte because he is a jerk, not because he was born elsewhere.

  5. boB AKA @Gyrogyrloose | April 3, 2017 5:20 PM at 5:20 PM |

    I was born in Colorado but I got to Montana as quick as I could. It wasn’t buying a ranch or anything to do with making love to Grizzly bears, it was just surviving year=to-year on three different jobs & two businesses, it wasn’t developing anti-freeze in my blood that made me a Montanan. It was the mountains and rivers, the plains and the hot-pots that became a part of my being that I cannot live without that made me a Montanan. If, like Trump, you believe we can “leave just a little bit for environment” and cash in the rest then there’s no amount of money in the world will make you a Montanan. Montanans know we didn’t inherit the State from our ancestors, we borrowed it from our grandchildren.

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