A Right-Wing D.C. Outfit Seems to Confirm Gianforte is Running for Governor, Rehberg Considering a Return to Politics

The right-wing Club for Growth put out a bizarre poll for the 2020 House Race in Montana touting a big lead for current State Auditor and failed Senate candidate Matt Rosendale over a field of opponnents including Russ Fagg, Corey Stapleton, and Denny Rehberg.

Missing from the poll, of course, was the current Republican representative from Montana, Greg Gianforte, which didn’t stop the Club for Growth from claiming that Rosendale, who they supported to the tune of $339, 532 in his failed Senate bid, is “the strongest Republican to run for Congress in Montana.”

There’s only one way that could be true: if, as we reported in January, that Gianforte plans to make another run for governor while Rosendale hopes to slip in and take Gianforte’s seat in the House. The polling also serves to validate the tips we have heard that suggest former Congressman turned chicken king Denny Rehberg misses the comforts of D.C. life.

I certainly hope that the Montana press digs into what would make the Club for Growth run such an absurd poll without inside information from Rosendale and/or Gianforte about their 2020 plans. And I hope that Montana Democrats are gearing up so take back some of these seats if Republicans are really so focused on their egos that they’ll remove incumbents from almost every seat up for grabs in the next election.

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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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