An alert reader sent us this screenshot from local novelist Jamie Ford’s Facebook page:
Fords wife, Leesha Ford, is running as a Democrat for the Montana Legislature in House District 21 here in Great Falls and the “opponent” Ford refers to is Republican Ed Buttrey.
This has us scratching our heads a little bit here. We’re wondering what in the world being invited backstage at a production of Hamilton or to Trumps inauguration has to do with the concerns of the constituents in HD 21 right here in River City?
We’re wondering what in the world being invited backstage at a production of Hamilton or to Trumps inauguration has to do with the concerns of the constituents in HD 21 right here in River City?
Maybe instead of trying to impress us with his Broadway connections and his progressive anti-Trump Resistance position, novelist Ford should have asked candidate Ford to take a few minutes and respond to E-City Beat’s local issues questions so that citizens in HD 21 could get an idea of where she stands.
Ford didn’t bother to respond to our request to let the voters know her positions but Buttrey did and we will be publishing his response next week.
We also have to wonder whether the Fords have done their voting history research. Pretentiously pointing out that your candidate was invited backstage for Hamilton while her opponent was invited to President Trumps inauguration and then suggesting that the voters in HD 21 ‘vote accordingly’ is probably not a very good campaign strategy. Why? Because in 2016 Trump won HD 21 57% to HRC’s 37% (the remaining 6% went to third party candidates).
Why? Because in 2016 Trump won HD 21 57% to HRC’s 37%…
Trump winning by 20 percentage points is considered a near landslide. So, given Ms. Fords apparent lack of concern for addressing local issues, the Fords’ disdain for a popular and successful President, and the arrogance of thinking that being invited backstage on Broadway is a compelling reason to vote for a Montana legislative candidate, we agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Ford – vote accordingly, HD 21 voters.
Editors note: In the first posted version of this story we inadvertently listed Kevin Leatherbarrow as a candidate in HD 21. Leatherbarrow is the Libertarian candidate in SD 13.