Senator Steve Daines has recently introduced controversial legislation to release Wilderness Study Areas across Montana. Daines must have asked himself, “what is something no one in Montana is clamoring for? Is it a town hall? No. It’s a release of Wilderness Study Areas!”
After apparently pulling this legislation out of thin air with no public meetings, no comment period, and apparently little organic grassroots support Daines is now bringing out the big guns. You might remember even a “letter” of support was last edited by Daines’ staff before being put in a press release.
Unfortunately, Daines only has enough goons for one county commissioners meeting at a time.
Yesterday, the Granite County Commission met. Just months ago, these commissioners decided not to endorse Daines bill. But according to a tipster, Daines and company turned up the heat on these commissioners. Daines called each commissioner twice asking for them to reconsider and promised a room full of “supporters” at their meeting to reconsider their previous non-endorsement.
The Commission reversed course and endorsed Daines’ bill after just months ago not seeing the merit to it. Great use of the bully pulpit for Daines. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough “supporters” to cover the Ravalli County Commission meeting. Fringe partisan “supporters” are in a limited supply.
The Ravalli County Commission had sent a letter of support of Senator Daines’ bill without public comment and when they asked the public for comment people were pissed.
According to the Ravalli Republic story over 2/3 of the public comments were opposed to the Commission’s support. Guess the drive to the Bitterroot was too much for Daines promised support.
Either way, Montanans should be sure to take note of who speaks in “support” of Daines’ bill at public meetings. Double check and make sure it is not the same people from Granite County rocking one of these: