About 300 enthusiastic supporters gathered Tuesday in Billings to boost Rob Quist’s campaign. Music by Tully Olson and Parker Brown, brief remarks by Montana’s next representative, and recitation of a Rob’s new poem about Montana highlighted the evening.
Momentum builds for May 25 election.
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.
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.