Some people just don’t get it.
“Some think Austin Knudsen will run for AG, but he’d do better in this race. Bennion already has AG wrapped up, has had for years.”
That’s what I told you over a week ago when we burst some bubbles.
The ‘this race’ I was referring to was the U.S. House race.
Well, sure as shit, what happens today? Knudsen announces he’s running for AG.
God, I have to shake my head.
“So-called conservative Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen recently talked about making hard choices on what government should spend its money on in tough fiscal times. What's so hypocritical and humorous is that he conveniently leaves out the fact that his family agriculture operation receives over $40,000 a year in taxpayer-funded agricultural subsidies to keep his business afloat — which is nearly the average annual salary for working Montanans.”
That’s from a letter-to-the-editor, way back in the summer of 2017.
That’s how much Knudsen had to get from taxpayers to keep his business in business since that letter appeared.
Imagine how he’d run the $200 million a year AG’s office.
For the policy wonks, we went ahead and looked at Montana farm subsidies last year.
As expected, it’s typically rich people receiving most of the assistance. 85% of national farm subsidies go to the largest farms in the nation.
Knudsen alone has received $705,000 of taxpayer money for his farm.
I just don’t understand why people think they can beat Bennion.
Get his book from the library. This guy’s smart. His personal story is compelling as well. I can’t imagine the struggles he and his wife have had to endure with their son and his condition. When that story enters the campaign, Bennion’s going to win a lot of votes.
And you know what? I don’t think Bennion needs taxpayer subsidies to keep his business in business.
As usual, James Conner over at Flathead Memo sums up the landscape quite well.
Nationally, Democrats bet the farm that their Russian collusion story would work.
Now all they can hope for is a serious economic recession. Nothing else is going to ruin Trump’s chances.
2020 is going to be a Republican year for Montana. The trick is getting the right Republicans in.
Jon Bennion is that right Republican while Austin Knudsen is not.