Zinke, Gianforte and their party support public land transfers
HELENA -- Just like what’s happening at the national level, Montana GOP leaders, Congressman Ryan Zinke and Greg Gianforte, had the opportunity recently to convince their state party to adopt a platform that keeps public lands in public hands and they failed – miserably.
Congressman Zinke and Gianforte will try to tell you they’re supporters of public lands, yet, they couldn’t convince their party leaders to remove language on public land transfers from their party platform at the state convention.
“The Montana Republican Party supports the U.S. Congress and U.S. President, other public officials and citizens of Montana and the United States to fully exert their efforts and powers to support returning federally managed public lands to the states …” – National affairs section, federal lands
“ … Every Montana elected official work to confine Federal power to its Constitutional limits, and study the transfer of Federal public lands to the state.” – Resolution on platform principles, no. 9.
“We call upon our Congressional Delegation to urge strong states’ rights policies governing the use of public lands and resources in the West.” – National affairs section, states’ rights
“Montanans value our public lands, which is not reflected in Republicans’ agenda,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “When it comes to American public land transfers, if Greg Gianforte and Congressman Zinke can’t convince their party to do what’s right, they can’t be trusted as elected officials.”