Helena – One day away from the primary and the GOP candidates have suffered some significant blows along the way that are sure to stick with whoever makes it through tomorrow.
Wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale – a candidate even Republicans have admitted is not anyone’s first choice – has been hit hard and repeatedly from all sides and is entering the primary as damaged goods. Even Dr. Al Olszewski commented last week that his primary opponents “are tarnishing themselves and making it hard to come into the general election strong.” He went on to imply that they have “baggage.”
Rosendale has had to contend with a litany of problems – including a new report that he has never owned any cattle and never ranched his own land, despite claiming to be a rancher, and for his refusal to take responsibility for signing under penalty of perjury that he was a Maryland resident in 2015.
Rosendale was caught lying multiple times, and has also misled Montanans on his public lands record, pretending to be a proponent of public lands when, in fact, he’s long supported measures that could make it easier to sell off our public lands.
He was accused of playing a “political game” with Montanans’ health care after he rubber-stamped rate hikes of up to 23 percent. And Rosendale has been particularly egregious in his numerous votes against funding for a veterans home in southwest Montana, and against other critical resources for veterans – including a home loan program for Gold Star service members and their families, and scholarships for Purple Heart recipients.
And that’s all from a guy who the GOP aren’t that impressed with. Said one GOP operative: “If you’re the most well-known in a pack of people that no one knows, does that really make you the guy to watch?
Rosendale’s got plenty of bruises and baggage going into the primary, and they aren’t going anywhere.
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