Yesterday afternoon, Matt Rosendale touted the kind of endorsement someone with any political sense would avoid as assiduously as one should avoid a Maryland T-bone steak. In a move that reeks of the desperation so typical of a Rosendale campaign, he bragged on Twitter that he’d received the endorsement of Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio.
“Matt Rosendale is a tireless fighter for freedom and liberty, a principled conservative focused on delivering results for Montanans and reducing government overreach.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan#TeamRosendale #MTPOL pic.twitter.com/JULE6R6FcS
— Matt Rosendale (@MattForMontana) October 17, 2019
Jordan has made news lately for his unquestioning support for President Trump, but he’s best known for his failure to support student-athletes who endured sexual assault at the hands of their doctor in the Ohio State Athletic Department.
From NBC News:
The probe gained national attention in July 2018 when DiSabato and several other former Ohio State wrestlers told NBC News that Jordan turned a blind eye to what Strauss was doing.
Jordan insisted he had not even heard any locker room talk about the abuse.
But an independent investigation conducted by law firm Perkins Coie concluded in May, based on “survivor accounts,” that coaches and administrators at Ohio State did indeed know that Strauss was molesting male athletes and failed to sound the alarm or stop him.
While Jordan disputes the allegations, it’s more than bizarre that Rosendale is touting the endorsement of someone so deeply implicated in a scandal; it’s part of a pattern of behavior. During his Senate campaign, Rosendale stood by Alabama’s Roy Moore long after a series of credible allegations about his sexual misconduct caused even the National Republican Senate Committee to abandon him.
As we have chronicled at the site over the years, Rosendale has terrible judgment when it comes to those he supports and takes support from. Whether it’s a Montana militia group, an anti-Semitic preacher, or even those credibly accused of assault, Rosendale seems to either believe that these people are worth chasing or that Montanans aren’t smart enough to investigate the company he keeps.
We are, Matt. We are.