Wyoming Governor’s Race – an objective look at the main candidates.
This is the first of four articles I will write in sequence, commenting first on Mark Gordon (below), then Sam Galeotos, then Foster Friess (with a brief comment on Taylor Haynes) and last, Harriet Hageman.
My wife and I are dedicated supporters of Harriet Hageman. Our personal regard for her does not enter into our evaluation of her opponents’ candidacies or hers. We look at record and policy, leaving out personal feelings.
After looking as fairly as we can, we conclude that there is no choice other than Harriet.
Please read on if you have the time. And please feel free to forward if you wish.
This is easy. Look at his record.
First, as state treasurer. In the investment climate of the past few years, any broad-based mutual fund or index product could have done better than the below- average returns his management delivered for the state portfolio (roughly 50% below market appreciation).
For those poor returns, the state of Wyoming paid $90 million dollars in fees in just 2017!
Truthfully, I have trouble comprehending this number – it’s roughly 10% of Wyoming’s annual deficit! I am left speechless.
Equally startling, his associations reveal his real beliefs. See who got his charitable and political contributions: The Sierra Club, John Kerry, DNC. As recently as 2012, Nature Conservancy.
How much would any of us give these groups? Not a penny. The fact is that they are (literally) enemies of our ranchers, farmers, coal miners, oil drillers. Enemies of the responsible, rational economic development which provides livelihoods to our neighbors and their families.
It is inescapable: Mr. Gordon has a record as a liberal donor. The record belies any claim to be conservative. He may say otherwise, but he backs people determined to end fossil fuel use, groups who have used every overt and underhanded tactic imaginable in their war against our most important industries and, by implication, our fellow citizens and neighbors.
Let’s please not go down this path!
If you aren’t convinced about Mr. Gordon from your own research, see the superb documentation of his record that Harriet’s campaign put together at:
~ Dan Brophy