Mike Dennison had the news on Twitter this morning at 8:20 that it’d be a commissioner from Phillips County and named Robinson.
Lesley Robinson is a 4th-generation Montanan.
Robinson and her husband Jim "are ranchers in Dodson area (near Zortman) and long-time active members of the Montana Stockgrowers Association and Montana Public Lands Council."
Besides this, Robinson’s daughter Kristy and her husband are also ranchers in the area.
Judy Martz appointed Robinson to the Montana Board of Dentistry.
Robison got involved with the National Association of Counties back in 2007. That organization was founded in 1935 and “unites America’s 3,069 county governments.”
In 2012 Robinson was the chair of the Montana Association of Counties as well as the chairman of the Federal Lands Management subcommittee of the National Association of Counties.
Back in May 2014 Robinson was elected the president of the Western Interstate Region of the National Association of Counties.
When sworn in, Robinson "spoke of her commitment to be a strong voice for Western county policy priorities at the federal level."
Issues that Robinson worked on included payments in lieu of taxes, rural schools, transportation plans, endangered species, and water rights issues.
Just last month Robinson went to Denver to meet with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials to “highlight the success of current locally-led conservation efforts and to provide local insight on the complex issues of bison, endangered species and changing land use.”
So that’s the stuff you’ll read in the papers.
Wow, it’s boring, isn’t it?
No one cares about that stuff. We want to be entertained, not informed.
So what else can we glean from this pick?
For starters, she’s clueless about social media.
On Facebook, Lesley Robinson has very little presence. Her last post was September 2015.
Something else we can figure is that she’s a farm-bred conservative. That’ll be interesting as Gianforte is a Chamber of Commerce conservative.
Typically, Chamber of Commerce conservatives know that some liberal measures are necessary to keep business thriving in Montana.
For the most part, Robinson fits with Gianforte’s message that our rural areas are in the toilet.
In 2010, Phillips County had 4,253 people. Per capita income for the county was $15,000 a year. For a family it was $37,000.
So these people are living in extreme poverty.
Will Gianforte and Robinson be able to change that? I highly doubt it.
Hey, I’ve yet to see any kind of plan that will get Montanans jobs or higher incomes.
I’m sorry, but telecommuting is an option for people that have jobs, not those that need ‘em.
Democrats could harp on that but instead they continue to harp on social issues. They’ll lose because of that.
One good thing is that Gianforte did not pick Jennifer Fielder or any of the other kooky women the GOP has.
If he’d have done that the Dems would have skewered him. As it was, they had no idea how to respond to this LG pick today.
Yeah, I was expecting to see tons of Twitter messages from the paid-Dem idiots.
I saw nothing.
So Gianforte got them there.