Congressman Zinke is Afraid to Debate, It Seems

For someone so eager to remind us all the time how brave he is, Congressman Zinke sure is afraid of Montana voters, declining to attend a candidate forum on October 8 in Bozeman. His campaign spokeswoman also lacked the requisite courage to explain why her boss wouldn’t attend the event, so we’re left to speculate about why the Congressman is afraid to face the voters of one of the state’s largest communities.

Perhaps he’s afraid that Syrian children will attend the event. Given his terror at the thought of accepting people who Canada has welcomed with open arms, perhaps Congressman Zinke was the concerned that the event organizers would not screen attendees for religious beliefs and national origin.

Perhaps he’s afraid he’d have to explain his support for an irrational bigot for President. As more and more Republicans take the principled stand that party and personal ambition matter less than country, Congressman Zinke may find it hard to explain to voters why he not only supports a proto-fascist like Donald Trump, but has been publicly begging for a position in a Trump Regime.

Most likely, though, is that Zinke is afraid of missing the chance to score some sweet out-of-state cash. Back in 2014, you might remember, candidate Zinke weaseled and waffled about a debate in Billings because he was afraid to miss a campaign fundraiser in Texas. Given that his campaign needs to pay for his personal RV and luxury hotel stays across the country, not to mention keep paying people for his 2014 bid, the fear of not raising money to raise more money must terrify our Congressman.

Congressman Zinke, do your job. Come explain your term of voting to sell public lands, to deny women access to health services, and to put bigotry ahead of funding our service men and women. You might not have the courage to speak to us, but we have the strength to listen to and evaluate your rationalizations.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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