Corey Stapleton pledges to sell off our public lands


HELENA -- The future of Montana's public lands should not rest in the hands of Corey Stapleton.

The Republican Secretary of State candidate, who has run unsuccessfully for other statewide offices in the past, once signed a conservative pledge that called for, among other things, the transfer or sale of public lands.

“The undersigned Candidates pledge to work to restore all lands unlawfully seized by the Federal government, whether by congressional Acts, Rules, Laws, Decree, Executive Order, or any other means under color of law, to be returned to its rightful owners, the Sovereign Citizens of Montana.”

Stapleton not only signed the pledge, but he bragged about writing portions of it in 2012.

“The pledge says you have to try and do these things …” he said in 2012.

The idea of transferring or selling off Montana’s cherished public lands has long been criticized by conservation groups in Montana and elsewhere.

“Corey Stapleton cannot be trusted with Montana’s public lands as a member of the land board and poses a direct threat to Montanans way of life,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “As a member of the land board for the last eight years as State Auditor, Monica Lindeen has fought to keep our public lands in public hands. There’s no doubt she’ll continue this work as Secretary of State.”


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