Gianforte secures Republican nomination

Brad Molnar
An opinion piece
Greg Gianforte, who lost the gubnatorial race against Gov. Steve Bullock in November’s election, won the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. House seat formerly held by Sec. of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.
Ken and Peggy Miller, of Laurel, wait while votes are counted during the Republican mini-convention. Ken Miller was seeking the candidacy for Montana’s sole House seat. He was defeated by Greg Gianforte.

After a bruising defeat just four months ago Republican activists have once again put their faith in Greg Gianforte, the tech millionaire from Bozeman.
After spending an hour changing the rules to read that a candidate needed more than 50 percent of the nominees vote to be the party nominee in a special election, as opposed to a simple majority, Greg Gianforte clinched the nomination on the first ballot by getting 153 votes with only 123 required. In giving the winning speech Gianforte dismissed his loss with a promise that the last campaign was his first campaign and he is now “stronger and wiser than a year ago.” That it was” 65 years ago that a Republican beat an incumbent Democratic governor” and said this was not a good year for that.
Taking a shot at his opponent, Rob Quist, long-time Montana musician, he brought laughter when he said, “We do not need to send Nancy Pelosi a court musician that wants to socialize medicine.” Gianforte then stated that his opponent, Rob Quist, wanted a national gun registry. The claim was quickly denied by the Quist campaign.
Gianforte is counting on the popularity of President Trump and surmised that Montana would be “ground zero in the liberals attempt to derail the Trump train.” He finished with the ever popular, “We must reign in the regulations that are strangling our timber and coal industries and we must repeal Obamacare.” And the crowd went wild.

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