Sorry to revisit what I know is a very sensitive subject lately, and I hope I don’t give further offense by doing so. But Roy Brown looks like he could be in big trouble with the hunting community.
In a new TV ad that is playing in Billings, the Values Energy and Growth PAC has unloaded on Roy Brown, very fairly it appears, unlike the dishonest crap that Roy and his conservative buddies have put up on TV lately.
For some reason this photo of Roy in hunting garb was not made into an issue by Schweitzer or the Democratic party in 2008, probably because the race was never competitive.
Too bad, because it’s definitely a juicy plum. At first glance it’s simply a campaign photo of Roy in hunting garb, holding some dead geese. The impression we are supposed to get is that Roy is a sportsman, a big bird-hunter, who will defend the rights of other sportsmen, by wearing his camouflage, his boots and his dorky looking outfit. The photo is now on his state campaign website, where he uses it to imply his “conservative” hunting and gun and outdoor credentials so that wing-nuts like Gary Marbut don’t abandon him. As we all know, Kendall also has some hunting photos of himself, with various trophies such as deer, elk, turkeys, etc, on his own page.
So one might think it’s a case of dueling camouflage and carcasses.
But alas for poor Roy, there is an unfortunate fact that has been revealed: Roy never hunted in Montana in recorded history (as far back as hunting license information is obtainable, which is to 1989) until 2006 when, coincidentally, he began preparing for his Governor’s run and also faced a rare Senate challenge, from Margie McDonald who had big Dem support.
So, Roy went out and bought a few hunting tags for to protect his political viability, and either shot some geese or had someone else shoot them for him.
The TV ad raises this unfortunate set of facts, but more importantly, it highlights Kendall’s tremendous track record defending hunting land and stream access in Montana. Kendall authored the most important public access law in the state’s history in 2007, and the ad shows Van Dyk, Schweitzer and Bullock at a signing ceremony along a river.
It also shows Kendall with his 4H cow as a ranch kid, an image many voters will probably enjoy.
In the main, this ad sheds a little light on the fact that Roy is a manipulative politician and campaigner. Maybe people will be more apt to accept the other criticisms of him now, the bad things he’s done as senator, like his votes against choice, against women (like this classic, when he took a “punish the slut” attitude on rape incidents involving teenage girls), against clean energy, against education, and against small businesses rather than big oil companies. And not to mention Roy’s outrageous claims that Kendall is a “radical environmentalist” simply because he works for an organization that tries to protect ancestral family ranch lands from being destroyed by industry.
Roy is not an outdoors guy, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. But don’t pose for pictures that imply you are. It’s fraudulent, and so Roy should put the gun away.
Nice job by Chris Cady, who is listed as the treasurer of the Values PAC, for getting at the truth. Exactly who Cady is is a bit of a mystery, but he clearly likes the jugular.