After campaigning for Governor, then again for Congress, on a promise (an obviously false one) to protect public lands, he’s just gone and done the exact thing he said he wouldn’t do. Shock!
Gianforte last week introduced not one, but TWO bills to get rid of federally protected wilderness.
Montanans are not surprised that Greg Gianforte is trying to gut public lands.
The first is a House counterpart to Steve Daines’ bill to release nearly 500,000 acres of wilderness – but that just wasn’t quite enough for Gianforte. On top of that he had to go and outdo his good buddy in the Senate by introducing another bill to release an additional 240,000 acres. All together, that’s almost 750,000 acres of wilderness that Greg Gianforte thinks would be better off leased or sold to private interests.
You only need a passing knowledge of Montana politics to know that Republican, Democrat, or anywhere in between, public lands are sacred to Montana voters – you don’t mess with them. And make no mistake, these are some of the worst public lands bills in Montana history.
Greg Gianforte really much not care what Montana voters think of him, introducing this kind of access-killing legislation. After years of denying his obvious anti-public access positions, Gianforte got to D.C. and proved what everyone knew all along. He doesn’t care one bit about public lands in Montana, he’s only interested in following the marching orders from his bosses in Washington.
By making these clear moves to reduce public access, Gianforte has basically given Democrats an updated playbook for defeating him in 2018.
Can the Gallatin County Sheriff charge Gianforte for assault on our public lands?