Guns Jon Tester Matt Rosendale Senate Race 2018

Rosendale and NRA breaking campaign law?

An audio recording of U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale sure sounds like he coordinated with the National Rifle Association on buying media.

The Daily Beast has the scoop on Rosendale’s self-incrimination. He’s telling someone, perhaps a campaign staffer, that the NRA’s chief political strategist, Chris Cox, promised big media buys on behalf of the Rosendale campaign.

That’s called coordination and it’s a no-no. Here’s the actual audio. You be the judge.

If the photo to the right of the audio timeline was taken during the Rosendale recording, I have some questions. Who is the guy in the picture? What mahogany paneled establishment is that? Does Rosendale like martinis, as evidenced by the glass in the lower right-hand frame? Any ideas, gentle readers?

In his thick Maryland accent, Rosendale describes the NRA’s concern for upcoming Supreme Court nominations and then says, “Chris Cox told me ‘we’re going to be in this race.'”

And sure enough, last night while I’m watching the weather on TV, up pops an NRA sponsored ad blasting Sen. Jon Tester for his past Supreme Court votes.

Rosendale also mentions some other notable media buys from the Koch Brothers’ Club for Growth, and the Chamber of Commerce, but there isn’t direct evidence of coordination with those two groups.

I imagine someone from the Tester campaign has already filed a complaint with the toothless Federal Elections Commission but I couldn’t find any record of it on the FEC website. The Montana Post will update this story as it evolves.






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