Carol, you're mistaken on this as you are with a great many other issues. It's no wonder that the few people who do recognize your name roll their eyes when they hear or see it.
Most Montanans support fox's lawsuit against the feds, and most Montanans don't give a hoot what happens in deer lodge. If you think these issues will propel Tennessee lawyer Larry Jent into office, you live in a small bubble.
Jent is a lamb of the sacrificial sort. Even democrats know that.
I've watched Senator Larry Jent at the legislature for many years. He is effective and well respected. Even Republicans listen to his views. On the otherhand, A.G. Fox has bowed to the anal-retentives of the Republican Party in joining the "Bathroom" controversy when there are other important issues like finding space for the Licence Bureau in Deerlodge. These are two big mistakes that will send Mr. Fox back to private practice.
"On paper, Jent seems like the kind of candidate Democrats in Montana would clamor for..."
And yet they're not! His support is quite weak. As a previous commenter noted, the unions don't even want to touch him.
Ask female lobbyists and reporters from Jent's time in the legislature what they think of him. His behavior was deplorable.
Didn't the voters uphold the 2011 medical marijuana changes when the referendum for SB 423 was on the ballot in 2012?
Jent filed for office just a few hours before the deadline, then admitted to media that he had to be talked into it and really only did it out of loyalty to his party. They didn't want the embarrassment of an empty spot on the ballot. His fundraising is anemic and his media appearances epitomize awkwardness and ignorance of the issues. Even the unions didn't endorse him and no one of note is going to bat for him publicly. Jent is going to get trounced in November.
Grunke is good at benefiting himself, but I fail to see how he benefits anyone else. Leaving his wife and child behind in Idaho for this job is especially galling. He fails at work, fails in his home life. It's sad.
I'll be leaving this race blank.
Shouldn't have voted against pot in 2011, Larry.
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