Divisions Continue to Split #MTSen GOP Primary Field
Helena – Divisions continue to arise in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, less than a week after Lola Zinke, wife of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, announced her support of Troy Downing, who splits his time between southern California and the ritzy Yellowstone Club in Big Sky.
This week, former Tea Party Republican legislator Matthew Monforton, a Ted Cruz supporter who served as counsel for a number of GOP Central Committees, chided Matt Rosendale for becoming a Mitch McConnell lackey, and called Troy Downing and Russell Fagg “uninspiring establishmentarians.”
Monforton wrote in an opinion piece that he was disappointed Rosendale said McConnell’s status as majority leader was “not in question.” He was, however, impressed with Dr. Al Olszewski, who said in the same article he would not vote to keep McConnell on as Senate Majority Leader.
Meanwhile, candidate Ron Murray, who has been traveling the state talking with Montanans, didn’t mince words about his primary opponents in a video he posted yesterday.
Murray on Troy Downing: “We don’t need the billionaire from Big Sky.”
On Matt Rosendale: “We don’t need the guy that’s already been elected for a position in, in Helena, that’s trying to jump ship and go become a senator instead of being our state auditor.”
On Al Olszewski: “We don’t need another doctor in there that’s getting money from PACs across the state of Montana.”
And on Russell Fagg: “We don’t need a judge out of Billings to represent us who’s been on the government take for 20 years being a district judge and is being supported by K Street lobbyists.
These are only the latest hits in what is becoming a messy, crowded, and divided primary.
Previously, in GOP disarray:
- Lola Zinke came out in support of Troy Downing
- Downing called Fagg “another lawyer,” adding, “do we really want to send another lawyer to Washington.”
- Downing joined Fagg in jabbing Rosendale, saying Rosendale was too appealing to the “radical far right” to win a general election.
- Fagg took a jab at Rosendale’s residency
- Ronald Murray said he was a “little bit disappointed” with Rosendale running for office again. “Would’ve really liked to see you stay in there and complete your job that you’re hired for,” Murray said. “Especially since you seem to run for almost everything that comes available.”
- Rosendale continued to rack up endorsements from Washington special interests