(R) Bruce Grubbs V (R) Art Wittich. This is also a very important race. Art represented Gianforte when he tried to sue FWP over stream access. Also "Wittich’s firm has also represented the United Property Owners of Montana, who for years have tried to fence off Montana's public stream access laws" (http://www.bozeman-magpie.com/perspective-full-article.php?article_id=898). Art was also recently convicted for violating campaign finance laws. I could not find a ton of info on Bruce (http://www.brucegrubbs.us/) but at least he aint Art.
I have some info on Grubbs.... Shannon Taylor and I sat down with him to talk hunting. We both agree he is FAR better than Art. Grubbs does not support transferring fed lands to the state. He likes to hunt public lands and block management, although he is fairly busy so he hasn't been able to do it the last few years. He is a river user and understands the need for stream access.
He is not a walking encyclopedia on hunting issues. His big issues are dark money and education/infrastructure (he's been on the school board forever). However, he is very willing to listen and learn, and he values the things we do. He isn't going to be bullied by the extremists in the party.
I'm supporting Grubbs fully with my own money, getting my friends to vote for him, getting the word out, and encouraging others to do the same. This is a race where we have a good chance to gain some ground, but only if you can get your friends to vote for him.
Hi Kathryn, I am a long time hunter and support public access and maintaining public lands and wildlife.
I met with MONTANA Sportsmen Alliance and am in sync with their priorities.
Say what you will about J.C., but here's my personal experience with him:
I knocked on his door to goose hunt a few years ago. Never met him before. By the time him and his wife were done talking to me an hour had easily passed. They were very friendly people that have obviously worked extremely hard to become successful. He opened his land up to me to enjoy as if it were my own...and continues to do so. He had also done this with other sportsman that have asked for permission as well. Nobody's perfect but he's certainly got my support for how I was treated in the past.