It seems that the Lie Monkey, Roger Koopman, has found a new scapegoat for his ineffective tenure in the Montana House. This time it's the Governor and the Department of Transportation. Roger had hisself a letter that appeared in the Gazette today, and no doubts will grace the Comical very soon as well. In that letter, he posts grave charges that the Governor and his cronies in the MT. DOT have made Montana's highways a kill zone ... or at least they are bad for not having done what they couldn't do, and pass legislation to fix the problem.
Notice, this is the same Roger Koopman who took credit while campaigning against John Vincent for having single-handedly made MT. Highway 191 a safer drive. (Hint, it doesn't appear to be any safer, and the MT DOT are struggling to do something about what Roger supposedly already fixed.) This is the same Lie Monkey who took useless Johnny Sinrud to task because Sinrud single-handedly killed Roger's pet highway safety bill. (I guess Sinrud isn't useless after all.)
But no, the lie has now changed, and it was the Governor who killed Koopman's expensive, tax-and-spend ill-conceived bill.
Considering our "deadliest in the nation" highway status, this bill was a no-brainer. But MDT would have none of it. While claiming they could take most of these actions already, no one at MDT wanted to explain why they haven't. They just wanted the Legislature to stay out of their business. Although the House voted for the bill 59-41 on second reading, Lynch was able to convince one committee to water the bill down and another committee to kill it.
There you have it. The weak-kneed Sinrud was *forced* to kill Roger's pet bill by the DOT. Face it, Roger is changing his story every time he thinks that he has some new rival. Here's the boil; Roger wants the fine Montanans of Gallatin County to foist him with the mantel of Governor elect. Roger wants Brian's job in Helena, and now he has to find a way to assassinate Schweitzer's service in order that he might run for the big chair.
The facts: Koopman remains mostly clueless about dangers on Montana highways other than his pet highway 191. His beloved HB 567 would have been a huge spending project. The DOT is already proposing a much cheaper solution to the Gallatin canyon highway, reducing the speed limit. As many of the commentors to his Gazette letter point out, the problem isn't the road, it's the driver. Koopman is hustling publicity ... just as a Lie Monkey should be expected to do.
But you know what? I'm in favor of Koopman's run for Governor. I want him to run. I will even donate money if he will run for Governor. Run, Roger, Run! Please, show us all what a Lie Monkey you really are.