I absolutely loved the Bozeman Daily Chronicle endorsement for the US Congress race, and not simply because they chose the candidate I know will be best for Montana. What the Chronicle so accurately captured is not just that Denise Juneau has the experience and temperament to represent the state, but that Ryan Zinke’s deficiencies in judgment make it clear we should not send him back to Washington.
We are also concerned by his continued endorsement of Donald Trump, despite Trump’s jabs at our military and his recorded boasting about sexually assaulting women. Rep. Zinke says he can’t bring himself to vote for Hillary Clinton. That’s fine, but his full-throated endorsement a man who says John McCain is not a hero, who criticizes a Gold Star family and who questions the effects of post-traumatic stress in our soldiers makes little sense for a man with Zinke’s considerable military background.
And Zinke has welcomed suggestions that he be considered for the office of speaker of the House and the vice presidential nominee for Trump. Frankly, we don’t see how that ambition better serves Montanans.
I also think a couple of hard-hitting ads from Good Jobs Montana deserve your attention. While the GOP is desperately trying to spin Mr. Gianforte’s past practices of outsourcing and support for a sales tax, these ads make it clear he can’t shake his own record and words.