The GOP primary race to run against Jon Tester is really heating up. Troy Downing, Russell Fagg, and Matt Rosendale are battling it out for all GOP’ers to see. Dr. Al Olzzewski is still trying to get people to mention him, or spell his name right.
The inter-party shadow boxing and fundraising sparring has now spilled out into the open as the Helena IR noted today:
At this candidate forum the best and brightest the GOP has to offer openly waled on each other. And according to the article, our empty suit insurance commissioner Matt Rosendale took the majority of the hits.
Being from Maryland, that nails on a chalkboard accent, and a record of accomplishments as long as Jon Tester’s left index finger, it makes Rosendale a pretty easy target. No one wants to make fun of Downing, that’s like shooting fish in a barrel, which might be a hunting violation, we’d have to ask Downing’s lawyer.
But much like the east-coast prep school kid who is bullied on the playground, Matt Rosendale is going to send his friends from camp after you. And rather than blazer-clad, trust fund kids, Matt Rosendale has out-of-state Super PACs coming to his rescue.
Earlier this month MTN’s Mike Dennison highlighted that Rosendale is being supported by Illinois gazillionaire Richard Uihlein. That name might sound familiar because Uihlein bankrolled Rosendale’s favorite nationalist Steve Bannon’s attempt to get a sexual predator elected to the US Senate. You all remember Roy Moore right? The guy who had multiple relationships with underage woman? The guy who Matt Rosendale endorsed and stood by despite the whole, is attracted to teenage girls thing. The guy who was so reprehensible that even Steve Daines unendorsed him? Yeah, his chief financial backer also likes Matt Rosendale. Surprise.
But the dirty money from Illinois isn’t enough for Rosendale. Due to his vulnerabilities, he’s calling in all of his special interest favors.
This week the Rosendale campaign put out a poll done by the Club for Growth. We don’t know what this Washington political organization is doing polling in Montana but maybe they are just trying to help out their swamp buddy Rosendale. The poll of course showed Rosendale doing great against the GOP field. We should definitely trust the numbers from a political group, who has bought a stake in Rosendale’s success, telling us Rosendale is going to succeed.
And finally, after getting roughed up a bit in the Missoula forum, Rosendale called in the big guns. The mack political daddy’s of them all: the Koch brothers. The group Americans for Prosperity, perhaps best known in Montana for claiming “millions of Montanans” were joining their AstroTurf campaign against health care, have come in with a six figure ad campaign.
In Montana, when someone attacks you, you stand up for yourself. In Maryland, when someone attacks you, you call in your rich pals to help you.