Rob Quist Votes Early in Kalispell

Candidate Encourages Montanans to Vote Early

Rob Quist, a northwest Montana native, voted today in Kalispell and is encouraging all Montana voters to cast their ballots early and make sure their voice is heard.

“I encourage all Montanans to vote early,” said Rob Quist. “There are enough millionaires in Congress; we don’t need another one. I look forward to being an independent voice for Montana in Congress and will stand up for our public lands, defend women’s health care and protect Social Security and Medicare.”

Rob’s opponent, New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte, is still refusing to divest himself of index funds tied to Russian companies sanctioned by the United States.

In Saturday’s statewide televised debate, Gianforte doubled down on his support for defunding Planned Parenthood and his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest. He still struggles to explain his past financial support of groups seeking to sell off public lands to the highest bidder.

Bernie Sanders Backs Rob Quist, Will Campaign in Montana Next Month

Bernie Sanders is backing Rob Quist’s campaign for Montana’s U.S. House seat and will be campaigning with the Flathead folk musician across the state in May.
“Rob Quist is the only person in this race who understands that we need a government in Washington that works for all Montanans and all Americans and not just the special interests and the billionaire class,” Bernie Sanders said. “Congress right now is dominated by politicians who worry about the needs of their wealthy campaign contributors. We need members of Congress like Rob who will work to rebuild the shrinking middle class, who will fight all attempts to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and will oppose tax breaks for the very rich. Rob is a populist, grassroots candidate fighting for the working families of Montana. I look forward to campaigning with him in May and working with him in Congress.”  
“I’m excited that Bernie Sanders recognizes that our grassroots campaign is building momentum and has the best chance in decades to take back Montana’s U.S. House seat for the rest of us,” Rob Quist said. “In the U.S. House, I’ll be a voice to protect our public lands, fight for working families, work for better health care, and stand up to Wall Street and special interests.”
Montanans can sign up to find out more details about Bernie and Rob’s visit by texting BERNIE to 30644 or by going to http://robquist.org/bernie
Reporters interested in attending events with Bernie and Rob should contact Tina Olechowski at tina@robqui st.org.

Rob Quist Rallies with Montanans Across State, Stands Up for Public Lands

Rob Quist spent a week traveling over 1,100 miles across Montana to meet directly with voters and talk to them about preserving public land access in Montana, a key issue in the race for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

Quist was joined by hundreds of Montanans who showed up in Helena, BillingsGreat FallsMissoula and Kalispell  to rally for public lands.

“Montanans expect access to their leaders, and they expect leaders to stand up for public lands,” Quist said. “Unlike my opponent, I’m going to spend this campaign meeting with Montanans and I’m going to fight for them, not for D.C. insiders or corporate special interests, in the U.S. House.”

Meanwhile, New Jersey multi-millionaire and perennial candidate Greg Gianforte spent his week in Washington D.C., dining with his political donors who supported the failed health care bill that would have raised premiums on Montanans by an average of $300 every month.

Quist Denounces Dangerous D.C. Health Care Proposal; Gianforte Won’t Oppose It

Washington GOP Insiders’ Plan Would Leave 24 Million Uninsured, Give Tax Breaks to Millionaires Like Gianforte

Montana U.S. House candidate Rob Quist today denounced House leadership’s health care plan in D.C.–which would leave 24 million Americans uninsured while giving $600 billion in tax breaks to corporations and millionaires.

Millionaire Congressional candidate, Greg Gianforte this week refused to publicly oppose the proposal that would effectively cut access to health insurance for thousands of Montanans.

“Montanans deserve a real answer on where their candidates stand when it comes to reliable, affordable health care– and Greg Gianforte is not giving them that,” said Rob Quist, candidate for the U.S. House. This D.C. health care proposal is dangerous and out of touch with what working Montanans need– and until Greg Gianforte tells us he’d vote against it, it’s safe to assume he’ll be toeing the party line, just like he always has.”

House Republican leadership, which wrote the health care proposal, is currently spending $700,000 in TV ads on Gianforte’s behalf via their SuperPac.

According to the Associated Press and non-partisan reports, under the D.C. health care proposal:

  • Montana would have to spend an extra $126 million a year to continue its Medicaid expansion program under proposed legislation to replace the federal Affordable Care Act
  • 12,700 new potential jobs in Montana created under Medicaid expansion would not materialize

Greg Gianforte lost his bid in Montana’s 2016 gubernatorial race. He touts his support for efforts in D.C. to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provides affordable healthcare to over 70,000 Montanans. Gianforte has long funded D.C. special interest groups, including Americans for Prosperity, that fought Montana’s bipartisan HELP Act.

Quist Slams Gianforte’s D.C. Agenda to Gut Health Care Coverage for Thousands of Montanans 

Today, U.S. House candidate Rob Quist criticized opponent, Greg Gianforte, for standing with special interests and irresponsible Republicans in D.C. who are working to pass legislation that would jeopardize access to health care for thousands of Montanans while giving millionaires like Gianforte $600 billion in tax breaks.

“It is the right of every Montanan to have access to quality affordable health care,” said Rob Quist, candidate for the U.S. House. “Greg Gianforte is putting thousands of Montanans at risk of losing their health insurance by siding with Washington D.C. insiders.”  

Failed candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte, accepted the Republican nomination for the U.S. House while touting support for efforts in D.C. to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The plan put out by Republican leaders would devastate Montana by effectively cutting off health care access put in place by Montana’s HELP Act that enabled over 70,000 Montanans to have access to health care. The House Republican plan further hits rural states like Montana by reducing tax credits that help consumers with premiums, making health insurance less affordable for many Montana families who purchase individual health insurance plans.

House Republican leadership’s SuperPAC, Congressional Leadership Fund, is spending $700,000 in attack TV ads to help Gianforte in the race.

Week in Review: Quist Rallies Voters, Gianforte Hides

Both Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte earned nominations earlier this week, but both candidates have spent the first week on the trail very differently.
Rob Quist hit the road to Missoula, Billings, Lewistown, Great Falls, Bozeman, Livingston, and Butte. Montanans everywhere are rallying behind his message to bring an independent voice to Washington.
Greg Gianforte has held no campaign events in Montana. He is either at home counting the millions of dollars he plans to spend to buy the election, or he is courting special interests in Washington DC.
Check out coverage from Rob’s travels below: