Special Operations for Ryan Zinke Engages in Sleazy Campaigning

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Special Operations for America, Ryan Zinke’s Astroturf Super PAC released an attack on Republican Corey Stapleton, claiming that he supports President Obama. The attack was a typically disingenuous position from a group entirely committed to electing its former Chairman, Ryan Zinke.

From their Facebook page:

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There are a couple of little problems with that attack. The first is that is totally takes Stapleton’s quote out of context and distorts its meaning. Stapleton said:

One thing I respect about Barack Obama is how he and Michelle Obama set a good example with their family. As a congressman, I would genuinely support the President–and encourage him to spend political capital–to reduce the difficult fact that 72% of African American children are born to unwed mothers.

The broader problem is that this nakedly pro-Zinke attack is a repudiation of what Special Operations for American purports to stand for. It is promoting candidate with strong military records and conservative values. Corey Stapleton is not only a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, but he’s far more conservative than Senator Zinke, who supports gun control, marijuana legalization, abortion rights, and ending the death penalty.

Special Operations for America is a fraud. It was developed to pay Ryan Zinke and now it’s purpose is to promote Ryan Zinke. Even Montana Republicans deserve better in their primary campaign for the U.S. House.

Shame on them for their brazen disregard for ethics and campaign laws. Shame on voters who fall for their sleazy tactics.

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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

The Barking Seal ex POSED himself! What a buffoon.

Publius II
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Publius II

By the way, Stapleton is an ANNAPOLIS grad, US Naval Academy, so Zinke’s attacking the Navy’s ‘core’ values whatever they are? US Navy by the way only had ‘colored’ sailors workin’ the galleys, laundries and such right up to and during WWII.

Norma Duffy
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Figures. as usual”Special Operations were never for us Vets.

montanafesto
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montanafesto

Zinke supports marijuana legalization? I must have missed something. His voting record doesn’t indicate such support.

Don Pogreba
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Another example of Zinke’s voting and public statements not matching up. Back in the 2011 session he told a reporter he thought it should be legalized: http://www.belgrade-news.com/news/legislature/article_4cf49408-49dd-11e0-9e00-001cc4c002e0.html In the case of medical marijuana, he says things have gone too far and that he will support repeal – but not an indefinite one. He wants Montanans who need the drug to have it, but he says law enforcement needs time to clean out the criminal element before new regulations take effect to control the drug’s use and distribution. “My mom died of cancer, and it was a terrible death,” Zinke says.… Read more »

montanafesto
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montanafesto

Interesting. Thank you for the link. I looked for a source last night and couldn’t find one. I’m not sure how Zinke expects law enforcement to clean out the medical marijuana “criminal element” with the law repealed. Implementing an actual regulatory framework is the only way to effectively do this, and our legislature is obviously not interested. And if cannabis is legalized, these people won’t be criminals, at least according to the state. A better reason for supporting legalization would be so law enforcement can spend their time fighting real crimes. Is Zinke for real? His candidacy seems like a… Read more »

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

What’s a joke is wasting time pounding Zinke. According to the Dem’s own PPP, Zinke is FAR behind Stapleton. However, even Zinke leads the Dem choice of Lewis. http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/11/montana-republicans-well-positioned-for-2014.html

Norma Duffy
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Again with the Polls Craig? more than a year out of a campaign…. are you joking? Didn’t we re-hash this argument at Cowgirls? Of course we did and you lost. stop shoving polls down are throat that are absolutely useless this far out of a campaign.

and right now even PPP is suspect to even Democrats.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/09/11/nate-silver-vs-public-policy-polling/

Leaving Nate Silver the only true pollster out there. And he has said time and time again polls this long out are not accurate.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

No, “we” did NOT rehash as you claim.

Now as to your upset with Dem PPP releasing a poll that you don’t like, take it up with them. Norma, have you looked at PPP’s track record? Now you may record your upset here. http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/11/montana-miscellany.html#more

Norma Duffy
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there record is nowhere as clean as Nate silvers record. I practically pounded that on you in the Tester/ Rehberg Race on Cowgirl because you were all reading the PP polls wrong…. and Nate silvers.

You especially Craig. You keep saying how Rehberg was gonna win hands down.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

You are quite the liar. But who cares, right?

Norma Duffy
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Whatever suits your fantasy Bubble Craig.

montanafesto
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montanafesto

“Stapleton has a lot more name recognition because he’s lost a couple of statewide races. ”

Which races are those? I only recall the GOP Gubernatorial primary, which I recall Zinke losing as well.

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