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Quid pro quo?

This letter is in response to Representative Dan Bartel’s letter. If one takes time to investigate Dan Bartel and Greg Gianforte’s relationship, one would find that in the 2018 election season, Gianforte donated the maximum financial contribution to Bartel's campaign.

Gianforte recently received another endorsement from another state legislator, Senator Cary Smith from Billings, who also received a maximum allowed contribution to his senatorial campaign.

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Representative Bartel claims, “Greg Gianforte is the only candidate who can win this election and bring about the changes we need in Helena.” This is a strong claim considering other Republican candidates like Al Olszewski are better liked and have more legislative experience in the state of Montana than Greg. I would also reference an October 30 nationally published article from USNews regarding governors’ races, stating, “… a Gianforte victory in the primary may afford Democrats their best shot at keeping the governor’s mansion.”

I find it interesting that Montana legislators who have received campaign contributions from Gianforte are now publicly throwing their support behind his candidacy for the governor’s office. Do they genuinely believe Gianforte is the best candidate or is it possibly a quid pro quo?

Carol Nelson, Bigfork

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