So here it is, a month after Greg Gianforte lost his election bid for governor, and Evan Barrett is still denigrating him (Dec. 7 opinion). Maybe we should call him Evan “kick-them-while-they’re down” Barrett. This time Evan is alarmed about Greg using his own money to fund some of his campaign. I would think Evan would find that honorable. According to what I heard recently on Voices of Montana, Evan has it wrong. Greg spent $1 million of his own money while Bullock spent $5 million from out-of-state donors. Shouldn’t Evan be more concerned about where Bullock got his money? But, Evan is a Democrat, and Democrats don’t question their own.
Yes, Greg lost by nearly 20,000 votes. But consider this, that’s the number of votes he lost by in Missoula County alone. He also lost by 8,000 votes in Bozeman and 8,000 votes in Helena. These are college towns and our Capitol, all three havens of wilderness, wildlife, and political correctness. Greg was promoting commodity development, the antithesis of everything revered in these towns. Greg was also promoting smaller government and less regulation, knowing he would probably lose Helena. Greg had the courage of his convictions, and was willing to put his money where his mouth was. What can we say about Bullock?
Another interesting statistic that came out of this election is that Bullock won the urban centers of academia and government, but Greg won the majority of mainstream Montana, the producers. Greg won 43 of our counties, whereas Bullock won only 13. That’s 77 percent vs. 23 percent. So did the election results really indicate the Intent of Montana? Maybe we should reconsider how we elect our governors. Until then, we are stuck with four more years of dismal economic fog under Governor Bullock.
-- EA Johnson, Butte