Heenan attacks injustice, Gianforte in run for office

By: 
Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter

Courtesy photo - John Heenan, Billings attorney and small business owner, is running in the Democratic Primary. The winner shall run for U. S. Representative.

John Heenan, a candidate running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Congress came back to Red Lodge on Friday, Jan. 26 to meet the locals at Honey’s Cafe. If he wins, he will challenge incumbent, US Rep. Greg Gianforte (R). About 30-40 attended, packing the restaurant.
Heenan came in guns blasting, unapologetic about the need for universal health care and “Medicare for all!” He feels the middle class has been ignored.
Heenan, a consumer protection lawyer in Billings with his own firm, said he has dedicated his time to standing up for the regular working people of Montana-“Those who get ripped off by banks, insurance companies, and big corporations.”
He has been barnstorming the state. The response has been good in eastern Montana.
Heenan said his top priority is to put Montanans into good paying jobs. Heenan is a small business owner with a small restaurant in Billings, Local Kitchen and Bar (a “gastropub” using locally sourced fresh foods and offering microbrews) as well as his law office. He said he would gladly walk away to serve his state in the capacity of U.S. Representative in Congress.
He was moved by Gianforte’s actions. Regarding such billionaires, he said, “They’re not accountable like most people are.” Gianforte put millions into running for an office “that pays $175,000” and “body slammed a reporter” who asked him questions, both of which concerned him.
Katy Kern, Democratic chair of Carbon County Democratic Party Kern said such behavior shocked many people, and raised serious questions about Gianforte’s character.
“People are tired of all this big money,” said Kern. “For the 2018, election the Koch Brothers are planning to spend $400 million according to Act Blue-and that’s just one billionaire family.”
Kern said of Heenan, “He is very personable and determined.”
Joe Trippi recently joined his campaign. Heenan said, “Joe Trippi has the choice of any campaign to work on and he chose this one.”
Trippi is a longtime Democratic strategist who has worked on several gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns, most recently, Doug Jones who won the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. Having Trippi aboard underscored the seriousness of the campaign.
Heenan keeps his eyes on the Montana middle class family. “I believe that no one should struggle to find work if they are willing to work hard and that no one should have to rely on food stamps while working full time.”
Heenan supports #EmployMT, a comprehensive strategy to create high-paying jobs, rebuild infrastructure, invest in the workforce, and spur innovation in Montana.
As a father with four kids going to public school, Heenan understands the value of a great education. He believes it is the only way Montanans can stay competitive in a global economy, and to promote innovation and economic growth education should be freely available to all those who qualify and are interested.
Heenan left to go on to Bozeman on Jan. 31, where he had several public meet and greets with a crowd of at least 60 expected to hear the prospective legislator. See FB for the schedule as he barnstorms around the state.

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