It’s rare for a candidate to so nakedly admit his reliance on out of state business interests for a political campaign, but Republican State Senator Ryan Zinke was so excited about his campaign haul that he offered some unguarded commentary today about where the funds came from, telling KXLH that the money sure wasn’t from back home in Montana:
Zinke said a lot of his contributions came from out of state,
“I spent the first two months going around the country, quite frankly, talking to successful business leaders that have assets that have a play in Montana,” he said. The people he visited with shared his interest in getting government out of the affairs of businesses, he said.
“And that’s why I think you’ll see … that most of the donors were where I was, talking to the people who run industries at the national level,” he said.
Wow. I guess Republicans who vote for this pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-marijuana candidate will at least be relieved that, instead of campaigning with and meeting ordinary Montanans, Zinke was courting the attention of corporate leaders outside of the state.
Also today, Presented without comment, the first campaign ad for Ryan Zinke, from the totally unaffiliated Super PAC he directed and was paid by until he announced his decision to run for Congress:
If nothing else, it’s some excellent use of stock footage.