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Montanans Tell Koch Stooges To Take A Hike

Americans for Prosperity-Montana is campaigning against three lawmakers who refused to sign their pledge to oppose Medicaid expansion.
Montanans Tell Koch Stooges To Take A Hike
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Don't you just love this? People fighting back against the highly-paid Koch forces and telling them to take a hike? The thing we need to go after is any elected official who signs any pledge that supercedes his or her duty to evaluate each case on its merits (yes, Grover, I mean you!). Via Raw Story:

Dozens of voters shouted down paid staffers from a Koch brothers advocacy group that targeted a Montana Republican lawmaker who is open to expanding Medicaid in his state.

State Rep. Frank Garner has refused to sign a blanket pledge against expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and Americans for Prosperity-Montana is campaigning against him and two other lawmakers — state Reps. Jeff Welborn and Tom Berry — who have done the same.

The Koch-sponsored group is blanketing their House districts with mailers that show each lawmaker’s face superimposed over a photograph of President Barack Obama.

About 100 people turned out for a town hall meeting Thursday in Kalispell that was promoted by AFP, and Garner traveled eight hours from Helena to speak with his constituents after a reporter told him about the event, reported the Flathead Beacon.

“I support their right to have an opinion. I just didn’t like how they did it,” Garner said. “They didn’t even extend the courtesy of telling me about the meeting. What does that say about their intentions?”

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock wants to accept federal money to expand coverage to 70,000 low-income Montana residents, but the Republican statehouse majority opposes the measure.

However, some GOP lawmakers, including Garner, have refused to dismiss the proposal outright and remain open to some type of expansion of health care coverage.

Garner, the former police chief in Kalispell, said he understands his constituents better than an out-of-state group.

Voters frequently interrupted the AFP presentation with laughter, booing, and other jeers from Garner’s supporters.

“You have pissed me off,” one voter said. “Character assassination does not go down well in Montana. If he has to take a pledge then I want it to be the Pledge of Allegiance, because they don’t represent you, they represent me.”

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