No Rancher Here

Rosendale has repeatedly called himself a rancher to try and appeal to hard-working Montanans

By Roger Sherman

Matt Rosendale has already proven that he will say just about anything to get elected. He ran to be Montana’s state auditor, and now he says his job doesn’t matter. Rosendale pushed to sell off our public lands, then flip-flopped when he realized it was losing him votes. Now, we can add yet another lie to that list: Matt Rosendale has claimed repeatedly that he is a rancher, but apparently has never owned cattle in his life.

Rosendale has repeatedly called himself a rancher to try and appeal to hard-working Montanans who actually know what it’s like to run a ranch or farm. He appears in brand-new Carhartt jackets in all his political ads, says he’ll bring rancher values to DC, and poses for pictures in front of cattle that apparently belong to someone else. It was recently reported that Rosendale has always leased out his ranch, and has never owned livestock other than a handful of horses to ride as a hobby.

Here’s one thing that Rosendale must not know yet about Montanans: we have a low tolerance for phonies. For Montanans ranching is more than just a costume — it’s a livelihood and it is a way of life. Mr. Rosendale, if you think the state who has a rich history living off the land is going to vote for a transplant from the East Coast who lies about being a rancher — well, you’ll be proven wrong this November.

Roger Sherman
Whitefish

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