Helena – It’s no secret that wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale doesn’t care about his job to protect Montanans as insurance commissioner, as he rubber-stamped huge hikes in health care costs of up to 23 percent, which he found “reasonable.”
On the Land Board, where Rosendale is dependable for his bad votes on public lands, he has phoned it in, instead putting his campaign first.
In fact, Rosendale even admitted he believes that “it does not matter and should not matter who is actually sitting in the auditor’s seat.” A Montana Public Radio reporter called his comments an “odd dismissal” of his job.
Indeed it is, but Rosendale’s comments are consistent with his votes and the policies he has supported that hurt Montanans’ access and could make it easier to sell off our public lands.
Take a look at his poor record:
- Rosendale voted against Montana sportsmen on the Land Board by voting against an easement to allow permanent public hunting access on 20,000 acres of land in Eastern Montana.
- Rosendale voted against the Keogh Conservation Easement, which would have protected 8,000 acres of hunting land from possible subdivision.
- The last time Rosendale ran for federal office, he endorsed transferring public lands for resource development.
- Maryland Matt opposes the interests of Montana sportsmen and conservationists with his opposition to Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.
- Instead, Rosendale supports Daines’ WSA bill that would eliminate protections for more than half a million acres of our public lands, is highly unpopular with Montanans, with only 11 percent in favor, and which the Montana Wilderness Association called “the biggest rollback of public lands protections in state history.”
- Matt Rosendale voted to create a task force criticized by sportsmen as a “backdoor” to public land transfer.
- Rosendale has said transferring public land is “the primary thing we have to focus on.”
- Matt means business about transferring public lands: “A top priority [of Rosendale’s] is to transfer U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands to the state.”
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