Gianforte soft on CSKT Water Compact
Gianforte: "Don't know that I would have signed it"
Bullock Visits Tribal Nations, Earns Tribes' Endorsement
HELENA -- As Steve Bullock begins visiting all of Montana's Tribal Nations, New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte stands behind his weak leadership on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai' Tribes' Water Compact, a landmark water rights law that resulted from decades of collaborative work and earned bipartisan support.
At a campaign stop in Troy earlier this year, Gianforte said: "I don’t know that I would have signed [the Compact] the way it exists."
"Montanans negotiated this groundbreaking compact for decades and working with Tribes, farmers and local leaders, Steve Bullock brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass it," said Jason Pitt, a spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. "Greg Gianforte's weak leadership on the CSKT Water Compact tells Montanans exactly what they need to know: He's putting his own dangerous agenda ahead of what's best for all Montanans."
The CSKT Water Compact, which Steve Bullock signed into law in 2015, was supported by editorial boards, Tribes and Montanans across the state:
- Billings Gazette opinion: CSKT water compact matters to Billings region
- Helena IR: Legislature should approve water compact
- Indianz.com: Editorial: Approve water compact for Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes press for water deal
- Tribes tout economic impact if water compact is approved
- Farmers and Ranchers for Montana: CSKT Compact one step closer
- Montana Farmers Union: Farmers benefit from CSKT water compact
- Top Montana ag groups endorse CSKT water compact
- Marc Racicot: CSKT water compact benefits all Montanans
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes last month endorsed Steve Bullock in his bid for a second term as Montana's governor.