Californian Troy Downing and his campaign are losing it over his well-documented residency problem, but first a quick trip down memory lane.
I love road trips. Packing in the van to head out to one of Montana’s public lands. Buying beef jerky. And most of all, playing Mad Libs. For those of you that don’t know, Mad Libs are a word/phrase game that can provided endless fun for kids in the pre-wifi and DVD player in every minivan days. You know, when kids were REAL and gritty, not these soft kids who play fruit ninja during the drive from Belgrade to Bozeman.
A typical Mad Lib would read like this, “the (insert adjective) (insert name) went to the (insert place) and it was (insert adjective).” For me, the result would read “the farty Fartman went to the fart store and it was farty.” I am not very creative.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported:
Records in an investigation into U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing’s alleged hunting violations show that during the time he received residential hunting licenses in the state, his time spent in Montana was “seasonal at best.”
That’s according to tax and phone records as well as public social media posts analyzed by a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden who investigated Downing and later issued several misdemeanor citations to the Big Sky Republican.
In response to this reporting Californian Storage Wars magnate Troy Downing issued one of the most bizarre campaign statements I’ve ever seen.
The statement reads in full:
First and foremost, it’s no surprise that a Democrat judge, appointed by Democrat Gov. Schweitzer would release details of this case before Troy is afforded due process in the court of law. These are the same politically motivated tactics that were used by the left on President Donald Trump. Obviously the swamp doesn’t exist just in Washington D.C.
This is nothing more than an orchestrated attack on a combat Veteran by Senator Tester’s allies who are desperate to stay in power. These moves are obviously politically motivated and makes a mockery of the judicial process.
We aren’t going to litigate this issue in the press and we think it is absurd that the press feels its appropriate for us to argue a legal case that hasn’t even been tried yet.
After enlisting in the United States Air Force in 2001, Troy Downing was called to serve 2 tours in Afghanistan. He spent 8 years in service defending our freedoms. He has owned property in Montana since 2000, and has been a full time resident in Montana since being honorably discharged in 2009. He also joined the Montana VFW (Post 12112) and the Montana American Legion (Post 30) after returning home. Troy is proud to call Montana home.
It’s unfortunate the liberal Montana FWP deep state is on a witch hunt, going after a combat veteran that is a part of a charity organization that helps our wounded warriors recover through fly fishing in Montana’s natural setting.
Troy spends tens of thousands of dollars to support our wounded warriors in fishing trips in Montana, and, he overpays by tens of thousands of dollars to fish and hunt to support other charities here in Montana. It makes no sense that he would try to skirt a small difference in a resident vs non-resident license in Montana.
Troy loves the outdoors, hunting and fishing in Montana. He would never intentionally do anything to violate that passion for conservation and preservation, what all Montanans value. He is confident this issue will be resolved very quickly.
Troy went on KMON 560AM Great Falls this morning and addressed this very issue with Greg Neft. You can listen to that interview here.
There’s not enough tin-foil in all of Montana’s Albertsons for this statement. The Downing campaign wants you to believe that there’s been a years long conspiracy theory to undermine a guy who up until recently didn’t even live in Montana.
The statement is signed Kevin Gardner. In my years covering Montana politics I’ve never seen this Mr. Gardner character. Maybe he came from California as well. Not only does he not know that judges in Montana are non-partisan, it’s clear he’s never interacted with the folks at FWP.
Liberal is a word I would use to describe the machines at the Gold Bar, not FWP officials. These people are public servants who don’t want to be involved in your hunt. A great day at FWP is when they don’t have to interact with any humans. The idea that they would be engaged in a “deep state” conspiracy is so laughable it counts as a free-space in wing-nut Bingo.
It would seem in its quest to distance itself from their candidate’s residency issues the Downing campaign elected to play a game of Mad Libs: Wing-Nut edition. They would have been better off saying, “These farty farts from the farty government are pure farts” it would have been more believable.