Cooney has fought to protect public lands access against those who seek to block it, like Greg Gianforte
MONTANA—In the most competitive gubernatorial race in the country, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is running on a strong record of results for Montanans while his opponent, a multi-millionaire from New Jersey, has come under fire for missing more votes in Congress than 93% of his colleagues.
“Montanans deserve a governor who will stand up and fight for our public lands, our clean air and clean water,” said Communications Director Ronja Abel. “Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney has a proven track record protecting our public lands—resulting in increased access for Montanans to hunt, fish, hike and recreate outdoors. Greg Gianforte has a different kind of record – he sued to block access to a popular fishing site by his mansion on the Gallatin River. Those results speak for themselves.”
Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is endorsed by Montana Conservation Voters, and as three-term Secretary of State and member of the state’s Land Board, has voted for projects to protect wildlife habitat and open it up to public access through the Habitat Montana program. As a state senator, he voted to make Habitat Montana permanent. As Lt. Governor, Cooney stood with thousands of Montanans to push back on the Trump Administration’s threats to privatize public lands and shrink national monuments. As Governor, Cooney will oppose transferring federal land management to the state and attempts to weaken Montana’s stream and public land access laws. Greg Gianforte infamously sued the state of Montana to block access to a stream nearby one of his several properties. Until recently, Gianforte opposed 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.”