Zinke's Hypocrisy Reaches New Heights: Brags About Programs He Would Destroy

Former SOFA PAC Chairman Endorses Plan to Rip the Rug Out Out From Under Pell Grants, Research & Development 

(Helena, Mont.) – Former SOFA PAC Chairman Ryan Zinke revealed yet another appalling example of unbridled political opportunism in Bozeman Thursday. During a Bozeman business tour this week, Zinke talked about the importance of Pell Grants helping him through college, despite enthusiastically supporting the Ryan budget plan that would gut Pell Grants by $125 billion leaving 1,700 Montana college students without access to affordable student aid.

Specifically, the plan would take $8.6 million in aid off the table for low-income college students in Montana.

Zinke’s bold double speak went even further today when he declared to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, “Spending taxpayer dollars on research and development is a worthy endeavor.” However, Zinke failed to acknowledge that he supports a plan that would slash investments in workforce training programs and advanced technological research and development that helps power Montana's economy.

Zinke’s habit of misleading Montanans about his record is likely one of the key factors why he is ducking debates with John Lewis. Earlier this week, the Missoulian called him out on his unethical habit of taking credit for accomplishments that are not his own in order to enrich his campaign coffers.

 “Former SOFA PAC Chairman Ryan Zinke wants to celebrate the benefits of Pell Grants, research and development but supports policies that would slash those programs drastically. Zinke personally benefited from  Pell Grants but doesn’t want to make that opportunity available to college students today. This outrageous political astroturfing has no place in Montana,” said Bryan Watt, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party.

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