His parents were from Cuba and his mother left the island in 1964 to come to the US.
He was raised in New York City and first came to Montana while in college to work on a paleontology project. He went to the Crazy Mountains and “fell in love with Montana.”
Quintana finally moved to the state in 1995, eventually attended the University of Montana law school, became a lawyer, got married, and had a daughter.
From 2005 to 2009 Quintana ran the Quintana Law Office in Helena. For some reason (probably his new job with the state) he closed it in June of that year, and then in August he became a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Somewhere along the way he really fell in with the local Democrats as well, so much so that they elevated him to superdelegate status.
Why’d they elevate him to superdelegate status?
I feel it has something to do with his role as Chief Legal Counsel for the Montana Secretary of State from January 2009 to the present.
Yes, for the past 7 years Quintana has been the chief counsel for Linda McCulloch. A guy from New York.
What has Jorge Quintana done for Montana…who is he…how is he helping the state?
I guess he’s been a board member of the Lewis & Clark Literary Council since March 2015, but gosh darn, that’s not enough for me.
He was also Chair of the Lewis & Clark Democratic Central Committee.
Why was this guy elevated to such high positions, and when he was a veritable nobody?
What did he do to get in everyone’s good graces there at Dem headquarters in Helena?
I don’t have any concrete answers to these questions.
Quintana didn’t visit Cuba until 2013.
In 2013 Quintana was instrumental in getting language in the state Democratic Party platform that supported normalizing relations with Cuba.
Quintana seems like a nice guy, and he’s doing a lot of great things. I fail to see how any of this benefits me or Montana, however.
Take Cuba. Personally, I don’t give a shit about the island nation. Most Montanans feel the exact same way.
Hey, if Cuba wants to open up trade so they can become just as consumer-driven as America, that’s great.
But really…why does Montana need any pro-Cuban language in its party platform?
It doesn’t, and for the main reason that Cuba is 2,522 miles away from us.
Oh, I guess we can argue that having that language might help farmers and ranchers and other exporters in the state.
I won’t argue that, however, because I think it’s bullshit.
So we get a New Yorker that moved here 20 years ago, has never run for office, and suddenly he’s a golden child of the Montana Democratic Party.