Mike Cooney Fires Back at Gianforte’s New Jersey-Style Negative Ad: “A Campaign No Real Montanan Would Be Proud Of”

MONTANA—Today Lt. Governor Mike Cooney fired back at New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte’s very first TV ad of the general election: a negative, personal attack on Mike Cooney. Cooney’s campaign called out Gianforte’s hypocrisy of public service and record of voting against Montana values:

I guess folks from New Jersey like Greg Gianforte have a funny way of saying ‘Thank you for your service to Montana,’” said Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney. “It’s clear Gianforte is going to run a negative campaign no Montanan would be proud of. Meanwhile, we’re going to keep campaigning on things the rest of us here in Montana are very proud of—like protecting our public lands and expansion of health care to over 90,000 Montanans and their families. The kinds of things Gianforte has sued the state and pledged in Congress to undo.

Cooney’s campaign manager Emily Harris added, “The hypocrisy of a multi-millionaire from New Jersey, taking a six-figure taxpayer-funded salary and benefits while missing more votes than 93% of his colleagues, attacking a dedicated public servant is not lost on Montanans. While Gianforte runs a Saturday Night Fever negative campaign, Montanans better hope they never get an actual fever if Gianforte is governor.

Gianforte has supported efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act – which if successful – would rip health care away from nearly 142,000 Montanans, and leave 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions vulnerable to insurance company discrimination. Gianforte also continues to oppose Medicaid expansion, which nearly 90,000 Montanans depend on for coverage.

Greg Gianforte infamously sued the state of Montana to block access to a stream nearby one of his several properties. Gianforte also opposes full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a position out-of-touch with an overwhelming majority of Montanans. He supports transferring management of federal land and opposes buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites. In Congress, Gianforte wrote legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”