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Matt Rosendale Touts a Problematic Endorsement, Displays More of His Epically Bad Judgment

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.

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.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

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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  • You left out the part that later Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Senate candidates Kevin Nicholson of Wisconsin and Matt Rosendale of Montana, suggested Roy Moore should drop out of the race.

    The report compiled by the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie said investigators “could not make conclusive determinations about each and every allegation made about a particular coach’s knowledge.” Sounds like another Mueller Report.

    We will soon here a lot more about Perkins Coie in the IG report (FISA abuse) maybe next week.

    • Hmmm – one might observe that in the case of Jordan and Rosendale, ” birds of a feather”…

      Neither one of them is to be trusted based on their actions, never mind their words which are problematic enough. And the Mueller report said PLENTY – did you read it?

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