Intelligent Discontent

John Bohlinger’s Record Isn’t Great on Labor, Either


While some are trying to paint former Republican and current Democratic candidate for the Senate as the more liberal candidate, his record on issues important to progressives suggests that he is anything but liberal. Not only was Bohlinger a strong anti-choice vote in the Legislature, but his record is anti-labor as well.

In the 2003 Legislature, Bohlinger received  a 25% rating from MEA-MFT, a score that put him just a single vote ahead of Republican Congressional candidate Corey Stapleton.  He received a 60% rating from the Montana AFL-CIO, a score lower than many Republicans and once again only marginally better than that of Senator Stapleton. In particular, Bohlinger voted against a 45 cent per hour wage increase for state workers.

In 2001, Bohlinger received a 36% rating from the Montana AFL-CIO, including a vote that protected companies that act “with intentional malice” that “create a high probability of injury” and a vote against increasing public school funding.

No one can really deny either that Mr. Bohlinger was relatively liberal for a Montana Republican or that he’s a good guy who served the state well, but efforts to paint him as someone who’s been on the side of progressive interests for his political career simply don’t stand up to serious scrutiny.


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a sixteen year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate. In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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