HELENA – In the Republican primary for Montana’s eastern congressional district the acknowledged underdog candidates have attacked incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale over his voting record and his lack of experience in agriculture.
Rosendale was elected as Montana’s only congressman in 2020 and is running for re-election in District 2. The state gained an additional House district this year after 30 years as a single, statewide district. The new eastern congressional district includes the cities of Billings, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, and Miles City. District 2 has a 22-percentage-point lean for Republicans, 60% to 38% among its current voter makeup, according to Dave’s Redistricting, which analyzes congressional districts.
Rosendale’s first term was spent voting “no” on every major Biden administration initiative. Montana’s at-large representative defended his voting record when he spoke to MTN News in January. He said he couldn’t support legislation to over-extend government power and spending.
Rosendale’s opponents have criticized his voting record, including his decision early this year to vote no on a non-binding resolution in support of the people of Ukraine. Rosendale was one of three representatives to vote no on the resolution.
“We’ve had 105,000 People die in our country just last year alone from drug overdoses,” Rosendale said. “We have major, major problems. So, I wasn’t going to sign off on a resolution even insinuating unlimited military and monetary support.”
Since then, Rosendale said he supported resolutions placing extreme sanctions on Russia.
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