Since becoming a national disgrace, and our Congressman, New Jersey’s finest, Greg Gianforte has kept a relatively low profile. He’s held 0 town halls. He’s rarely in the news–unless it’s for being historically cheap. But now that Gianforte is set to face voters again in 8 months or so, he’s been strategically popping his head up from the sand.
Back in April, Congress passed a bipartisan bill that funded many important programs in Montana. It funded the always popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, it set aside money for the much-needed Butte Veterans Home, and it included a fix to how wildfire fighting is funded. Big win for Montana–right?
Well, Greg Gianforte didn’t think so. He voted no, saying, “Washington has a spending problem.” Great talking point Greg.
But after two weeks, Gianforte hopes that we all forgot about his no vote. He authored an op-ed and sent out an e-mail to Montanans praising this deal. The same deal he voted against…
Gianforte has high praise for something he opposed when push came to shove:
This deal also enhances public safety and helps protect Montanans’ access to power by accelerating the removal of vegetation near power lines. It also removes barriers to allow states, like Montana, to have greater management authority on national forest service lands. This will open the door to get more restoration work done and will help get Montana loggers back to work.
Importantly, the deal also reauthorizes the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program for two years to get Montana counties $25 million to fund schools and roads. This program is critical for many rural Montana communities, and the lack of reliable funding creates uncertainty for these rural communities. This deal will fulfill the federal government’s commitment to rural Montana.
Sounds great right? Wonder why Gianforte voted against it!
In an e-mail to Montanans he proudly declares:
Last month, I secured forest management reforms that were signed into law
But yet he still opposed the bill. Strange.
Gianforte seems to want credit for others hard work. He thinks he can coast to re-election this fall based on the R next to his name. But Montana voters aren’t as gullible as Gianforte thinks.
Montanans deserve a representative who shoots them straight and doesn’t play politics with important votes. And maybe someone without a criminal record…
No one knows who is going to win the Democratic primary, but one thing is for certain, they should be able to give Gianforte a run for his money. He doesn’t seem to have a clue what he is doing in Congress.