The Bozeman Chronicle is reporting that Ryan Zinke recently sent out a fundraising email in which he implied that he was partially responsible for the Bin Laden mission’s success. That’s probably not the smartest move for a campaign that is already mired in gaffes and missteps.
Zinke was once involved in the Navy Seals but it was a decade or more before the Bin Laden raid. Zinke served as a Navy Seal in Gulf War 1, in the early 1990s. The problem for Zinke, aside from the fact that he had nothing to do with the Bin Laden raid, is that he once attacked President Obama for “politicizing the Bin Laden raid by trying take credit for it.” So this latest stunt might haunt him for the next two months.
It gets better. The Chronicle also reports that an earlier fundraising email from Zinke warned that a “leftist infiltration is going to take over the country because of the apathy of patriots.” That is some hard core stuff. What’s strange is that Zinke ran as a moderate in the primary and is now apparently running as a right winger in the general. An unusual strategy to say the least.
Finally, it was also reported in the same article that Zinke was in 2012 formally warned by the Navy about using official military logos for political purposes, but that Zinke has ignored the warning and has put a giant Navy Seal emblem on the outside of his campaign bus.
The emblem is actually perfect for a Montana Republican, as it features an eagle holding both a gun and a pitchfork.