PART 2: Year in Review for Greg Gianforte: Four Reasons He Doesn't Represent Montana's Values
Part Two: Gianforte Believes Discrimination is Good for Business
Gianforte Led the Fight Against Bozeman's Non-Discrimination Ordinance
Gianforte Donated Thousands of Dollars to a Known Hate-Group
As we approach the end of the year and many begin to look forward to what 2016 may hold, Greg Gianforte is probably just glad the year is over.
In just the last 12 months, Gianforte has said and done a lot to lead us to question his motives behind his run for Governor. One of the most eye-opening revelations this year was that Gianforte believes discrimination is actually good for business.
Gianforte led the fight against Bozeman's non-discrimination ordinance and even wrote in an email to Mayor Jeff Krauss and the Bozeman City Commission saying:
"Homosexual advocates try to argue that businesses are leery of locating in towns that aren't friendly to homosexuals, I believe the opposite is truer."
You can read the full email here: LINK.
But it doesn't end there. When it comes to discrimination, Gianforte also puts his money where his mouth is.
Gianforte has a long history of financially supporting dark-money groups that advocate for "Indiana-style," job-killing discrimination laws. Gianforte has even donated thousands of dollars to the known hate-group Family Research Council.
It's not surprising that Montanans all over the state are protesting Gianforte because of these reckless views. Faculty and students at Montana Tech in Butte protested Gianforte as a commencement speaker because of his donations to controversial groups. Down the road in Bozeman, Montana State University students held a protest when Gianforte spoke at an Americans For Prosperity event on campus. It made the front page of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
It didn't take long for Gianforte to realize he needed to change his tune on discrimination, so he again, attempted to whitewash his record. Here are just two examples:
- At a public meeting at the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, Gianforte was asked for his comments on Bozeman's non-discrimination ordinance. His response was: "um" followed by an awkward 18 seconds of silence. AUDIO HERE.
- At the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, Gianforte moderated a panel where he blatantly avoided an MSU student's thoughtful question on discrimination and its impact on Montana's economy. VIDEO HERE.
This is just one of many positions Gianforte is trying to hide from Montanans. His job-killing, pro-discrimination views are irresponsible, dangerous, and bad for Montana's economy.
As December continues, each Thursday, Montana Democrats will continue to highlight other ways Greg Gianforte has introduced himself this year as someone that does not represent Montana's values.
To read the first release in the series of Gianforte's Year in Review, click here.