In the latest congressional ad to feature a Republican shooting something controversial, a Montana state senator and candidate for the state’s open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives shoots down a drone in a statement against spying.
District 19 state Sen. Matt Rosendale introduces himself on the ad which aired Monday by stating, “this is how I look from a government drone.”
“And this is what I think about it.”
Montana Republican Rep. Steve Daines is vacating Montana’s only House seat to run for the U.S. Senate spot currently held by Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who is retiring. Rosendale is one among a handful of Republicans running for the seat.
“The federal government is too big and too powerful,” Rosendale says in the ad running statewide in Montana. “Spying on our citizens — that’s just wrong.”
Rosendale dropped $500,000 in personal loans into his U.S. House campaign according to Missoulian, giving him the largest war chest out of the four candidates who filed to run last year.
The state senator and real-estate developer said he’s proud of the personal financing drawn out of his reported assets of $5 to almost $26 million, according to his U.S. House financial filings.
“I think what they show is I have concerns about the direction the nation is heading, and they show I’m not beholden to any special interest,” Rosendale said. “When I think about our founders, and I don’t want this to sound corny, but this is the truth: The founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Too many people serving [now] are trying to enrich their lives, increase their futures and are willing to compromise their sacred honor. It bothers me.”
“How can I do less than what they [the founders] have done? How can I expect anyone to support my campaign if I myself wasn’t willing to?”
The National Republican Congressional Committee recently added Rosendale to the appropriately named “Young Guns” program, which provides support and guidance to conservative candidates running for Congress.
Montana’s House seat primary will take place on June 3.