It’s been less than a week since Greg Gianforte filed to run for Governor, and he’s already trying to forget his past, erase history, and rebrand himself as someone he is not. Here is what Gianforte has said just last week:
- “Discrimination is wrong.”
- “I have been accused of saying Social Security is wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
- “I believe that we should have transparency in our elections.”
Montanans won’t be fooled. Here is what Gianforte really believes, in his own words.
Gianforte’s own words tell us all we need to know about his support for allowing businesses to discriminate. In a January, 2014 email sent to Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss, Greg Gianforte wrote, “Homosexual advocates try to argue that businesses are leery of locating in towns that aren’t friendly to homosexuals. I believe the opposite is truer.” [National Journal, 4/13/15]
Gianforte Led the Fight Against Bozeman’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance [Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 5/12/14]
Gianforte’s own words also show us that he thinks Social Security and retirement should be a thing of the past. Just this past February, in a speech at the Montana Bible College, Gianforte said, “There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet is been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere. The example I think of is Noah. How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work.” [Great Falls Tribune, 8/18/15]
Gianforte has provided massive financial support for groups fighting transparency in Montana’s elections. Since 2008, Gianforte has given $518,357 to the Montana Family Foundation (MFF) a group that actively led the opposition against the DISCLOSE Act. MFF’s Jeff Laszloffy went as far to say the DISCLOSE Act is “a danger to Montana families.” [Gianforte Family Charitable Trust IRS 990 vis Guidestar.org; Montana Family Foundation podcast, 3/13/15]
Gianforte has already, and will continue to try and run from his extreme past. Together, let’s hold Gianforte accountable as he tries to dupe Montanans into thinking he is anything but out of the mainstream.