It’s been a bad week for Senator Daines. In an attempt to secure a win for his corporate overlords and circumvent his constituents Daines announced a new piece of legislation that would release nearly 500,000 acres of Wilderness Study Areas (WSA). Daines claims that this legislation is necessary in order to rally support for a ban on mining just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Unfortunately for Daines, people in the Yellowstone community really think Daines is full of it.
In a scathing editorial from the newspaper near Yellowstone, the Livingston Enterprise, the community called out Daines:
“Unfortunately, it seems Republican Steve Daines isn’t hearing vour voices in Park County, even though we’re shouting from mountaintops.
Mixing the WSA debate with the ongoing discussion about the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act is little more than crass politics.”
But don’t you worry, Senator Daines sent out a press release with lots of totally organic and genuine praise of his bill from totally real supporters.
In a press release Daines cites many (Republican) legislators who praise his bill and some interest groups. Citizens for Balanced Use added their name to the list of supporters. They included a letter of support to be downloaded. The letter is signed by Kerry White. But if you click on the properties tab of the document you see that the letter was last modified by a member of Daines’ staff.
To see this, follow these steps:
- download the document
- click file
- go to properties
- look at last modified by
Screenshot below for when Daines eventually updates the document:
So it would seem that Daines couldn’t even get organic praise of his bill, he had to write it himself.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle ran a poll asking for people’s opinion on this bill. As of writing, 69% of respondents said they did not support Daines bill.
Not only does the community hate Daines’ bill, the people he claims support it need to have their support ghost written for them. Brutal.