Republican Rick Hill is trying to tell folks in Eastern Montana that he’s a “Montana native” – despite being born, raised and schooled out-of-state. The deception was attempted at a Lincoln Day Dinner where Hill and the other GOP candidates spoke last week.
There are two ways to explain Hill’s behavior here. First, Hill could be lying because he thinks that’s the only way he stands a chance against Bullock.
Governor Schweitzer hit on this recently – pointing to one of the many reasons why Bullock is a stronger candidate than the GOPers:
“They’re just going to have a real tough time beating Bullock. Not only is he a great guy, he’s got a young and beautiful family . . . been a spectacular attorney general. He’s born and bred in Montana. A lot of these cats that are running right now, they’re born someplace else, they’re interlopers. They just show up, they say, ‘It’s a small state, maybe I can go be governor of it.’…Bullock has got deep roots, he’s a smart guy. If you’ve got a $100 in your pocket, you ought to bet on Bullock. Bullock’s going to win this race.”
The only other explanation is that dishonesty and deception is so deeply ingrained in Hill’s imbecilic nature that he just can’t help himself. After all, neither Jim Lynch nor Ken Miller lied about their out-of-state roots in the Sidney Herald article reporting on their appearance. Nor is this the first time Rick Hill has been caught trying to hide the truth about his past.
He tried to scrub from his Wikipedia page the fact that he left his wife and young kids for a mermaid/cocktail waitress. When his family showed up to beg him to come home he laughed in their faces. He described this behavior in an email to Republicans as “single parenthood.” If Rick Hill will lie about his own background, no one should be surprised when he lies about jobs, schools and revenue.