Helena – As the Montana GOP Senate primary descends into a messy proxy battle between Sen. Steve Daines and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and their chosen candidates, potential would-be candidates are now complaining about the Washington GOP establishment playing king makers, instead of promoting a healthy primary contest.
Former Reagan appointee and veteran Gary Carlson, who had been rumored to be mulling a run, had some things to say in a letter-to-the-editor over the weekend.
- Daines and Zinke’s implied support of candidates in the race showed they were trying to “pre-empt the process by not allowing the voters to decide who should win and who should lose.”
- When these kingmakers weigh in, Carlson wrote, it “verifies that the powers that be want to make the decision for the people,” forcing others, like himself, to either drop out of consider running as an independent.
Daines has shown support for Rosendale, recently hosting him during one of Rosendale’s multiple recent trips to Washington, while Zinke’s wife, Lola, boosted Troy Downing’s campaign when she was named campaign chair last week.
This article was originally posted on the Montana Democrats website. To read the full article click on KingMaking.