Surely it is a bad thing in Montana politics to hail originally from another state if you are running for high office. “Out of state” in Montana politics is a pejorative noun, verb, adjective, and maybe even an adverb.
Most often, the “out of state” accusation is hurled by Republicans at Democrats, the GOP playing the percentages in a state that is more conservative than the nation as a whole, where “out of state” thus implies “liberal.”
So when a right-wing GOP gubernatorial candidate was born and raised in another state, such a candidate must be very artful in excusing or explaining his out-of-stateness, lest he be hoisted with his own petard.
In today’s example, we have Ken Miller, the guy who released an laughingly bad youtube video last week for the purpose of introducing himself to voters.
The video is an over-the-top effort at a “made in Montana” candidate branding. It uses old, grainy 8 millimeter color footage, of farms and ranches and tractors and silos and rows of crops, and people working the land.
Miller does say that his parents owned a farm in Colorado, but he quickly moves on to assure us that his parents “moved to Montana when I was still in school.” As he says this, we see a shot a toddler sitting on a harvester, watching his father work the machine. We are clearly supposed to understand that this is Miller as a boy, on his parents farm in Joliet, and that “in school” thus means kindergarten or thereabouts.
Unfortunately, Miller was 20 years old when he moved to Montana. If he was still “in school”, I suppose he means college.
This video shows, if nothing else, that a GOP candidate who was not born and raised in Montana must obfuscate about his childhood, early and often.