Republicans:  Go on the record, speak out against bullies today!

You have until 8pm tonight when polls close in Montana.  It would be best if you could please do it as soon as possible.

In case you missed it…

Greg Gianforte is the Republican candidate for Montana’s sole Congressional seat (note that Montana has two Senators, but that is a gripe for another day).  He is in a heated race against a candidate, Rob Quist, who Bernie Sanders has been supporting very early.  The race was close before the assault on a journalist and was seen as one of a handful of liberal vs conservative races in the next few weeks which might portent how the Congressional elections in 2018 will go.

I’m worried, perhaps paranoid at this point, that Gianforte will win given today’s Republican Party and their supporters (one example is Lisa Smith’s tweet below).  Remember, candidate Trump warned us that he could shoot someone and still not lose his loyal voters.  I’m worried that the attack on the reporter, for finding an opportunity to ask a question about a Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act, will be a reason to go out and vote FOR Greg Gianforte.

I’m worried that this framing of the attack in Rawstory is what will actually DRAW many voters to the polls.

Gianforte

Also please note that the Greg Gianforte campaign then went on to blame liberal journalists for his actions.  Remember your rhetoric about “personal responsibility” and not blaming the victim?

That is why I’m asking for your statement today for like-minded supporters of yours to stay home.  This isn’t a trial, this is an election and it’s happening less than 24 hours after the assault.  We don’t need evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to get on the record telling people who think and vote like you do more often than not to stay at home today.

I’m not asking for you to tell others that in this situation you would have voted for a politician with whom you don’t agree, I’m simply asking you to remind people that violence is not OK and to do it before the polls close at 8pm Central Time today.

Three of the largest of Montana’s papers have rescinded their prior endorsement and you should go on the record too.

The Billings Gazette

The Missoulian, and

The Helena Independent Record

Given the partisan record of Republicans when faced with potential scandals and/or non-scandals, I think we all know that if elected, Greg Gianforte will hold his position at least until the next election in 2018.  The time to act in support of our shared values against bullying and physical aggression and toward reporters is today.

Then let us all cross our fingers and wish Montana voters the best today.