Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Speaking Where Gianforte Sued to Block Stream Access, Cooney Stands Up For Montana’s Public Lands

Cooney said, “Gianforte, like many outsiders before him, selfishly wanted to make sure he could control who could enjoy our public lands.”

MONTANA—Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney delivered remarks at the East Gallatin River in Bozeman, just feet away from the easement that Greg Gianforte sued the state of Montana to eliminate, noted by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle as a spot for those “who use it to argue that Gianforte is a wealthy Montana transplant who doesn’t care about public lands.”

As reported by the Chronicle, Cooney said, “After moving here from New Jersey, Greg Gianforte sued Montana, meaning you and me, the true owners of our public lands, to block access to that spot right over there,” Cooney said pointing to a nearby stretch of land. “Gianforte, like many outsiders before him, selfishly wanted to make sure he could control who could enjoy our public lands.”

Cooney also used the opportunity to criticize Gianforte for refusing to co-sponsor the Great American Outdoors Act, which ultimately attracted 247 co-sponsors – including 35 Republicans“He had the opportunity to show real leadership and he chose not to do that,” Cooney said“I think that shows what little commitment he has to protect Montana’s public lands and our access to it.”

“Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Cooney clearly laid out the choice before voters this November. Montanans could elect a lifelong champion for public lands – who has pledged to veto any attempt to compromise public access – or a multi-millionaire from New Jersey who sued Montana taxpayers to take away their access,” said Communications Director Ronja Abel. “Mike is running for Governor to stop people like Greg Gianforte from privatizing our public lands and destroying our outdoor heritage. That’s why we’re going to win this November.”