Increasingly Bitter #MTSen Primary Mercifully Comes to a Close


Helena – The day has arrived.

What started as a sleepy primary between third tier candidates and heated up into a nasty primary between third tier candidates is finally coming to a close, but not before intraparty slights turned into full blown attacks on each other, with conservative out-of-state super PACs and the candidates spending $5.7 million on the primary alone.

Even as voters head to the polls on Election Day, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale and ethically challenged Russell Fagg continue to go after each other. While Rosendale-backer Club for Growth has been attacking Fagg’s record as a judge, Fagg and the Montana GOP establishment have hammered Rosendale for being a political opportunist, for his out-of-state support from Washington politicians, and the out-of-state special interests boosting Rosendale’s campaign.

After a new report showing that despite calling himself a rancher, Rosendale has never owned any cattle and never ranched his land himself, Fagg repeatedly hit Rosendale for being “willing to say or do anything to get elected,” not having Montana values, and for being an East Coast real estate developer.

Fagg has also hit Rosendale for signing under penalty of perjury that he was a Maryland resident in 2015 and for flip-flopping on his public lands record.

Rosendale’s big money buddies have had to step up their attacks on Fagg and are even attacking Troy Downing.

Today will mark the end of a bitter primary, but none of the GOP candidates will walk away unscathed in the general election.


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