After watching four Greg Gianforte attack ads in one half-hour television show, I feel I must toss out my two cents' worth about the upcoming special election.
TV advertising is not cheap and yet for the better part of a year, I have had to endure countless Gianforte ads telling me what a common Montanan he is. Common Montanans can’t afford countless ads on television. Those ads are paid for by dark money groups that want Gianforte in Washington for reasons other than he is a good ol' boy from Montana.
Since the Supreme Court told us that corporations are people and money is speech, election spending has gone through the roof. The candidate with the most money wins over 90 percent of the time. Most of this money is out-of-state money, in which case it probably does not speak for everyday Montanans.
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Rob Quist is not a billionaire and has chosen to live in the place where he was born and raised. Quist knows the issues that affect Montanans. He is not the voice of special interests and big money. When he says he is for public lands in public hands, he actually means it. My vote goes to a real Montanan.