Governor-elect Gianforte holds first press conference

During a Friday press conference, his first since being elected, Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte offered few hints about what policies he may pursue or support once he’s sworn in on Jan. 4.

While he largely avoided answering direct questions about specific policy proposals and ideas, he did say that responding to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of 727 people in the state so far — will be his first priority. He also pledged not to alter public stream access laws or undermine Montana’s Medicaid expansion during the half-hour event, which included remarks from Gianforte and questions from members of the press.