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How Bad a Candidate Is Matt Rosendale? Just ask the Montana Chamber of Commerce

Matt Rosendale is clearly a weak, Tier B candidate for the US Senate.  Just as clearly, he’s a reactionary, Trump lickspittle who, lacking the courage to face Jon Tester or Montana’s voters, spent the weekend skipping a scheduled debate before running to an East Coast fake news outlet to wail that no one is challenging Jon Tester’s statements.

All true, and all evidence that he’s perhaps the worst candidate Montana Republicans could have chosen for this race.

You don’t have to take my admittedly partisan word for it, though. This week, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, a reliable supporter of Republican candidates in almost every race, every time, declined to endorse Rosendale in his Senate bid, signaling both that Jon Tester has been a strong proponent for Montana business and that Rosendale is so far out of even today’s Republican mainstream that the body couldn’t stomach endorsing him.

That’s incredibly telling. Republicans have positioned themselves as the party of business owners and fight relentlessly for the kind of tax cuts they find so important, but mainstream conservatives understand that the Trump-Rosendale brand of conservativism is terrible for business, introducing uncertainty into markets and replacing reasoned decisionmaking (even if wrong) with the whims of our childlike President.

Rosendale’s support for the Trump tariffs, which will devastate Montana agriculture producers before rippling to other sectors of the Montana economy, is but one example of the danger the Trump-Rosendale agenda will bring to our state.

It’s also worth noting, of course, that the Montana Chamber did offer its endorsement of Greg Gianfore, who just over a year ago, punched and choked a reporter for asking the then-candidate to answer a question. Just how bad a candidate is Rosendale that he’s less supported by business interests than a man who had to appear in court and take a mug shot just months after his first election?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, 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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