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A guy by the name of Matt Rosendale has released a video in which he announces his candidacy for Congress, not by giving a speech but by growling and snarling and yelling, like some sort of caged animal. It makes me very uncomfortable just to watch it.
This is a frightening individual who comes across as something like a deranged drill sergeant or convicted murderer, who could be armed and dangerous. Continue reading →
Americans United for Change and AFSCME have a new ad on the air to hold Congressman Rehberg to account for his recent irresponsible votes to preserve the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%. The ad running heavily on the local broadcast stations in Billings, Butte, and Missoula on August 6 and 7.
Tom McMahon, Executive Director, of Americans United for Change had some strong words for Rehberg:
“Congressman Rehberg is clearly willing to protect tax breaks for the richest 2% and big oil companies at any cost, even if means hiking taxes on Montana families. If tax cuts for the rich were really the key to economic growth, how does Rep. Rehberg explain why President Bush’s millionaire tax breaks resulted in the worst presidential jobs record in recorded history? While the Bush tax cuts for the rich certainly failed to create jobs, they were all too successful at running up the national debt. For Rep. Rehberg to insist on doing the same irresponsible thing and handing millionaires another $150,000 check they don’t need and we can’t afford and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. It is past time to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%, so that the rich start to pay their fair share. If we don’t, we won’t be able to protect middle-class priorities like education and Medicare from deep cutbacks. Of course, Congressman Rehberg already tried to go down that road, voting to for the so-called “cut, cap, and balance” plan that would mean severe cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits for Montana seniors. The Congressman need to get his priorities straightened out.”
The Montana Hunters and Anglers have a new ad up this week. The ad says “with Dennis Rehberg in Washington it’s open season on Montana.”
In the Lee Newspapers report on the ad, Rehberg tried to run from key provisions of his bill, H.R. 1505, which would hand over control of Montana land within 100 miles of the Canadian border to the Department of Homeland Security.
A Rehberg staffer tried to claim that Rehberg had added language to the bill to make sure that the Department couldn’t restrict hunting. However, the bill specifically provides the authority to Homeland Security to close roads–which would obviously allow them to block hunters and anglers from Montana public lands.
Helena legislative candidate Jenny Eck has a campaign ad on air. Eck is the Democratic candidate for House District 82, which includes much of Helena’s west side. The seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Menahan (D), who is not running for re-election. It’s worth noting with all the web-only video we’ve seen this cycle that the ad is actually on broadcast and cable stations. Here it is:
The Billings Gazette is reporting today that Kim Gillan is the first Democratic candidate for Congress to have an ad on the air. The ad takes aim at our GOP-controlled Congress’ infamous inability to accomplish…anything. Other candidates have created ads, but none have yet had the resources to air them. Here’s the ad:
The fine folks at the Montana Republican Party have a television ad scheduled to go up today that contains lies about Steve Bullock.
The ad says, “Attorneys General across the nation, Republicans and Democrats, joined together to fight Obamacare at the Supreme Court.”
According to documents filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, twenty-two Attorneys General filed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. All are Republicans, as you can see from this list.
And so, it appears that even the Montana Republican Party is aware that its candidates can’t win without lying to the voters. Stations are prohibited from running ads unless they “make a reasonable inquiry” to determine whether this advertising is true. Airing false advertisements would be a disservice to Montana voters–and a violation of federal law.