Friday, May 26, 2017

The assault on the journalist boosted his support and probably won him votes.

I didn't write about it for that reason. I wasn't going to contribute more violence to the event. The apology made should be rejected. As a matter of fact the apology should be met with a lawsuit. If politicians are going to assault and abuse journalists as a political scheme then they need to pre-pay any medical assault in the way of insurance for the industry. Then they can avoid lawsuits for medical expenses at least and simply deal with the lost reputation of the journalist and future income lost because of this vicious political act.

May 26, 2017
With Breanne Deppisch

The Big Idea: Greg Gianforte (click here) admitted to attacking a reporter and apologized during his victory speech last night, as he kept Montana’s sole House seat in Republican hands. Now he and his party’s leaders are trying to move on.

On the eve of the special election, the wealthy technology entrepreneur flipped out when the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs asked him about the CBO’s score of the health care bill. He now faces misdemeanor assault charges for reportedly throwing Jacobs to the ground and breaking hiI made a mistake,” the congressman-elect said at his party in Bozeman. “Not in our minds!” yelled a supporter. David Weigel, who was there, reports that some in the crowd laughed.

-- After his comfortable six-point victory, Republican congressional leaders are making clear there will be no meaningful consequences for his behavior. “Elections are about choices and Montanans made their choice,” Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement this morning. "Rep.-elect Gianforte is an outsider with real-world experience creating jobs in Montana. He will bring that experience to Congress, where he will be a valuable voice in the House Republican Conference."...

Gianforte didn't win the election, corruption lost it. Voters have to pay attention what such actions by candidates imply. The 'tattle-tailing' of the Governor brought in the idea Gianforte is going to be a frugal public official and possibly more ideas on how to contain the cost of government. So, while the Governor lost because of the corruption of unofficial use of the plane, he also was seen as a person that didn't care about the money spent through taxes. The Governor lost the race for all the right reasons. Gianforte is simply a place holder at this point. The bar is set high for Gianforte from here forward.

August 25, 2017
By Lindsey Ford

...Gianforte claims (click here) that Governor Steve Bullock used the plane for unnecessary and personal events, like the Paul McCartney concert in Missoula, and for campaign stops.

“We have a governor who’s flying to rock concerts and campaigned events at taxpayer expense and then when he was caught, he only reimbursed taxpayers pennies on the dollar,” said  Gianforte....