In House Race, Who’s More Cowboy?

By Beacon Staff

Beacon reporter Dan Testa wrote a story this week on Montana Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald gauging support for his possible challenge to Republican U.S. Rep Denny Rehberg’s House seat. And, even though the campaign is still in its infancy, I am beginning to notice a theme:

From McDonald:

“Him (Rehberg) coming to the Flathead and talking about deficits is a lot like this guy in my neighborhood who wants to take credit for shoeing a stable of horses that, in fact, he’s never seen.”

“I’ve been ranching continuously in Montana since 1972,” he said. “I’ve been called a lot worse, and as a rancher, I’ve got pretty thick skin.”

From Rehberg re-election campaign chairman, Tyler Matthews:

“It’s comical to hear a San Francisco trial lawyer refer to a fifth-generation Montana rancher as out-of-touch.”

The competition to see who resembles a genuine Montana cowboy the most has begun in earnest. Read Dan’s entire story here.

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