The Wednesday Read: Rosendale, Junior, & Working Together

Some of our folks went to Washington to drain the swamp and made partnership with the alligators instead. – Fred Thompson

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Rosendale in DC
  • Junior Coming to Montana
  • Working Together

The Swamp Ain’t So Bad:

We hear many politicians running for U.S. Senate and U.S. House talk about how their opponents have gone to Washington, D.C., and lost their way and forgot about Montana. It’s a typical campaign tactic which I think is as old and boring as watching paint dry. Both sides of the political aisle do it.

As a candidate, Donald Trump said he would “drain the swamp” in D.C. Many conservatives use the same term in backing the Trump agenda.

Ironically, almost every candidate running for U.S. Senate or U.S. House will at some point travel to D.C. to raise money for their campaign. Lots of money!

So it was no surprise to me that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale is in D.C. this week raising money and making new friends. I can now understand why Rosendale backed out of the debate this Sunday – he was going to be too busy in D.C. to prepare for it.

The Associated Press reported that a lobbying firm called “The Keelen Group” will host a fundraiser for him. I remember when being associated with lobbyists was a negative thing.

Apparently, the “D.C. Swamp” being talked about by outsiders ain’t so bad…

Donald Trump Jr.

I first saw a tweet from Phil Drake of the Great Falls Tribune announcing it and then CNN reported last night that Donald Trump Jr. will headline an event next week in Billings for Montana Republican Matt Rosendale. Junior will attend the GOP Platform Convention banquet in Billings on Friday, June 22.

Junior’s presence should increase attendance at the old “platform convention” quite a bit.

B–47 Ridge:

Sometimes the three members of the Montana Congressional delegation surprise me and work together to do something nice.

In a press release, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that he and fellow Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced the B-47 Ridge Designation Act. This legislation honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Lloyd Sawyers, Lt. David Sutton, and Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh who all tragically lost their lives in an Air Force B-47 Bomber crash in Montana in 1962.

The bill officially names the unnamed ridge off of Emigrant Peak in Park County where the crash occurred as the ‘B-47 Ridge’ and allows the placement of a memorial plaque at the site. The placement and the maintenance of the memorial will be paid for without taxpayer expense, by the families and the local community.

You can read Daines’ press release about the B-47 Ridge HERE because I am a very fair person…

The delegation recently worked together to name three VA facilities in Montana in honor of Montana veterans. You can read the press release about this from Congressman Gianforte HERE.

Of course, Daines and Gianforte will do all they can to help Matt Rosendale beat Tester in November. Tester will do all he can to help Kathleen Williams beat Gianforte in November.

Working together only goes so far…