Helena – We’re down to the final four days before the Montana primary and it looks like the GOP will either be stuck with an ethically-challenged insider or a misleading outsider.
Russell Fagg hasn’t done anything particularly notable this campaign, but he does have the backing of some of Montana’s GOP establishment. His campaign’s official launch kicked off with a yawn when he tried to get a reporter not to report on the small turnout at one of his first campaign events, and was quickly followed by ethics complaints.
Fagg’s been sparring with wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale, whose only significant backing is from out-of-state super PACs and Washington politicians. Rosendale has benefited from out-of-state dark money groups backed by billionaires like the Koch brothers.
But all the dark money in the world won’t wash away the fact that Rosendale has been misleading Montanans – most recently by claiming to be a rancher, when he has never owned any cattle and has never ranched his land himself.
And, some in the GOP see Club for Growth’s spending against Fagg and other opponents and for Rosendale as proof “that Rosendale may not be as much of a shoe-in as conventional wisdom would suggest.”
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