This guy regulates our insurance and securities
The screen shot above is from the Federal Elections Commission campaign finance report filed by Matt Rosendale, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.
This page alone shows $10,100 in contributions from insurance industry players. Montana Cowgirl broke the story back in May when Rosendale headed to Florida for a fundraiser for himself. It looks like the trip paid off and helped with “Debt Retirement” on the $254,450 he came up short during his 2014 congressional primary.
Rosendale has a more contentious relationship with Montana providers, as the Bozeman Chronicle reports.
And after less than a year on the job as commissioner, he’s now the Steve Bannon candidate in the 2018 Senate Republican primary. We’ll see who’ll retire his debt after he throws a million or so dollars of his own money into that race.
The more the merrier?
Five Democratic candidates have filed for the Montana 2018 U.S. House race with more in the wings, and the filing deadline is still over four months away (March 12, 2018).
Billings has two candidates: Lynda Moss and John Heenan. Bozeman has two: Tom Woods and Kathleen Williams (Williams being the most recent addition) and Missoula has one: Grant Kier. I’ve tried to link the above names to a website, Facebook page or news story, where I could find one.
Former Butte (actually Ramsey) legislator Pat Noonan’s name has been bandied about. He was term limited out in 2016 and had an unsuccessful run for the Montana Public Service Commission in 2016. Independent Caron Cooper may have cost Noonan that election, although that’s conjecture on my part since the combined Noonan/Cooper votes were only 1,746 more than victor Roger Koopman’s 54,981 total … but I digress.
There will be lots of competition for Democratic dollars going into the 2018 primary season. That, and the fact that the winner need only garner 20+ percent of the vote for a win makes it a hinky House race. James Conner alluded to this and advanced the idea of instant runoff elections. Not a bad idea, James, although I’m also a fan of fusion voting as practiced in state of New York.
Worse than strange
A number of Montana characters have run for national office in recent memory: Merrill K. Roddick, perennial presidential candidate on the Puritan Ethic and Epic, Magnetohydrodynamics and Prohibition Party ticket. His campaign bus was the Greyhound line, which he rode around the country spreading his message. There was Libertarian blue man and conspiracy theorist Stan Jones. And the wild eye-browed Democratic, Green and Republican Party candidate for just about every office imaginable, Bob Kelleher.
This Havre couple, who filed for the 2018 U.S. Senate race on the Democratic and Republican ticket defy definition. She’s the Democrat and he’s the Republican, so they say, and both share a plan for America that includes “an entirely new financial system,” although it can’t be revealed until after they’re elected.
It cost the couple a total of $3480 to file for office, which is a substantial amount if they’re just goofing around. So, scammers, nut cases or true believers? Let’s hope more info comes out before the primary election on June 5, 2018.