After my post about Troy Downing this morning, a tipster sent along something I didn’t discover in my brief research today. It turns out that Mr. Downing, who has been very vague about how long he’s lived in Montana, was calling Fallbrook, California home just over two years ago.
From Fallbrook.org on April 2015:
An avid aviator, golfer, snowboarder, hunter, fisherman, and father of four, Downing enjoys a quiet family life in Fallbrook. One of his greatest passions is the ongoing cultivation of his home vineyard which now boasts 2,000 vines.
And, in a fascinating claim from someone who takes a personal taxidermist along with him on hunting trips, has a 2,000 vine vineyard, flies a personal Russian fighter jet for fun, and lives at the exclusive Yellowstone Club:
One might expect that a family as successful as the Downings would live somewhere more posh – but they chose the same town the rest of us did – Fallbrook.
When asked what he loves about Fallbrook, Downing said, “the seclusion and separateness. It’s nice to have land without the price tag, you don’t get the “Robb Report” crowd or the nouveau riche.”
I’ll leave it to others to evaluate Mr. Downing’s assessment of his role inventing the Internet as we know it, but his own words make it clear that he has certainly not been a full-time resident of Montana for very long at all and telling the truth about that is probably the best option for his long-shot candidacy.
During the 2016 race for the House, there was a lot of attention paid to Ryan Zinke’s residency status and a newspaper in California reported he was a resident there. It will be interesting to see if anyone in the media pushes Mr. Downing to establish the duration of his residency here in the state, especially given his campaign rhetoric about being so well-positioned to represent Montana values.