A guy by the name of Matt Rosendale has released a video in which he announces his candidacy for Congress, not by giving a speech but by growling and snarling and yelling, like some sort of caged animal. It makes me very uncomfortable just to watch it.
This is a frightening individual who comes across as something like a deranged drill sergeant or convicted murderer, who could be armed and dangerous.
In fact, to listen to his 60 second speech in the video, he is likely armed. Rather than introduce himself, his family, his beliefs, by talking to the camera and telling us who he is, he gets right down to Tea Party business, telling us in a guttural, angry tone that we are amid an invasion by a foreign enemy–the federal government. “Our nation is under threat,” he shouts, and “we” (meaning he) are coming to the rescue. “It’s our time,” he growls.
Unfortunately for Rosendale, his video has already made national news. The Daily Beast observed today that he has a very thick Maryland accent which comes across in the video, and might tip voters off that he, himself, is a foreign presence.
Although nobody’s ever heard of him, Rosendale is apparently a legislator in his first term from Glendive. He is reported to have arrived in Montana a few years ago, and he is self-financing his campaign with a loan. He believes, they say, that Ryan Zinke (former Senator of Whitefish) is too moderate to be nominated as a GOP contender. Thus will Rosendale’s campaign be waged strictly among the natives.