In the sea of bigots that Matt Rosendale has associated with during his time in Montana, a few seemed to have slipped by my notice. Back in August, when Rosendale was still telling people he was a rancher, he announced an Agriculture Advisory Board of Montana farmers and ranchers.
Among the names on the list was Glendive’s Ric Holden, who drew national attention as a state senator back in 1995 when he added an amendment to a bill that would have required gay men and lesbian women to register as sex offenders.
Holden’s fear and hatred of the LGBTQ community also extended to his worry that legalizing homosexuality would somehow lead to the menace of teaching it in schools. From the Daily Interlake in 1995, Holden, described as a leading proponent of keeping homosexuality illegal in Montana, worried about the danger of teaching about the contributions of the LBGTQ community in classrooms:
Another exchange from the 1999 legislative session reveals that Holden was more concerned about the right of religious people to incite hatred against the LGBTQ community than he was in protecting them from hate crimes.
I certainly understand that Mr. Rosendale probably doesn’t know many farmers or ranchers given his work in real estate development, but it’s troubling that every time we turn around Rosendale is associating with another bigot, whether it’s speaking for the Oath Keepers, hanging out with Senator David Howard, getting photographs with Tim Ravndal, attending church with Chuck Baldwin, or praising Taylor Rose.
At some point, if a candidate for the US Senate is seen surrounded by bigots, shouldn’t the press ask why?