The Billings Gazette pulled no punches in a recent editorial, attacking Democrat Rob Quist and endorsing Republican Greg Gianforte.
In a blistering editorial in which the Billings Gazette endorsed Republican Greg Gianforte, the newspaper took Democrat Rob Quist to task for a lack of clear policy positions and an inability to tell the truth:
We’d like to comment more on Quist’s political stances but from our editorial board interview, it seems like all Quist wants to talk about is how bad Gianforte is. We don’t have a clue where Quist stands on most issues, and his criticism of Gianforte seems to be either confused or completely without merit — for example, claiming that Gianforte had “Russian ties” when really the Republican merely has stock in a mutual fund. What’s even worse is that Quist seems unable to tell the truth about his own finances and may even be ducking property taxes that most of us would have to pay.
Ultimately, the paper noted that Quist’s interview with the editorial board showed “a lack of depth” and that they “simply don’t believe he would be able to do much more than be a Democratic placeholder.”
It’s a harsh rebuke, but not terribly surprising given Quist’s background. As a musician, it’s likely he’s never been forced to provide in-depth answers on policy positions before this campaign, and his inexperience was telling to the newspaper’s editorial board.
“We endorse Gianforte because his success at cultivating business in Montana, and his knowledge of the issues in Washington, D.C., make him the most qualified candidate,” the editorial concluded.
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