Helena – At tonight’s GOP Senate debate, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale came under heavy fire for recent news that he signed two standalone documents under penalty of perjury that he was a resident of Maryland in order to receive a tax break in 2015.
Right out of the gate, ethically challenged Russell Fagg charged right at Rosendale: “…apparently yesterday, we learned that Matt signed a 2015, some tax records under penalty of perjury, that he was a Maryland resident. And if that was a mistake, then Matt, let’s talk about it. Why do you sign something that’s blank? I just don’t see how that could happen.”
Fagg followed up by drawing a contrast with Californian Troy Downing’s own residency issues, cracking down on Rosendale: “This issue though from Maryland is a different situation, I mean, I’ve seen it – an inch away from the signature it shows that he’s a Maryland resident and that’s what he’s asking for for a tax exemption. I think it’s a big issue…so let’s get to the bottom of that issue.”
Rosendale gave a rambling answer, refusing to fess up and take responsibility, instead blaming his title company, even though it’s HIS name on the document.
Fagg relentlessly whacked Rosendale all night, also hitting Rosendale for bragging about his out-of-state endorsements, saying “out of state endorsements are troubling to me, especially one as radical as Steve Bannon who supports Matt. I mean, this is a person who President Trump said has lost his mind…and yet Steve Bannon is all in for Matt. That even troubles me more than Michael Flynn.”
“Thursday night’s debate showed that this perjury scandal facing Matt Rosendale isn’t going away,” said Brooke Bainum, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. “He’s got big questions he needs to sufficiently answer: why did he sign under penalty of perjury he was a Maryland resident to get a tax break, and how much was that tax break? We’re not sure there was a winner Thursday night. But it sure as heck wasn’t Matt Rosendale.”
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