Zinke, Rosendale are embarrassments

Monday, August 20, 2018

Editor,

In the past I have often thought that we Montanans have been somewhat narrow by our strong preference for “native Montanans” in political offices. I have changed my mind. Consider for a moment Secretary Ryan Zinke in his “cowboy” costume with his black hat on backwards uncomfortable riding his pinto Shetlandcross pony in a parade in Washington, D.C. In a desperate attempt to “fit in” as “once of us” he managed to shame and embarrass, if not himself, our entire state’s cultural heritage.

Candidate Rosendale has managed to continue or even surpass Zinke’s unfortunate example. In a failed attempt to mask his native East Coast accent, he has attempted to modify his speech in order to replicate that of John Wayne, Sam Elliot or, heaven forbid, Montana’s own, Gary Cooper! He came to eastern Montana, and bought what he considered a qualification for public office, a ranch. It turns out, however, that what he paid several million dollars is not a ranch but something he is more familiar with, a potentional subdivision. I doubt that Rosendale knows which end of a cow eats grass. He leases his real estate to a real rancher.

For whatever reason, if a cowboy gives up his lifetime occupation and moves to town, he is said to have “sold his saddle.” I know if Rosendale has, or had, a saddle but even though he tried to purchase some western credibility by purchasing a sizeable tract of land he is a phony rather than a Montana rancher. We hare familiar with the label “All hat, no cattle.” There is a similiar one, “All land and no cattle.” Rosendale doesn not own even one cow, in fact he had a registered cattle brand but let it expire.

Wallace McRae

Forsyth, MT

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