by Dr. Edwin Berry
Congratulations to our new Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke. Ryan Zinke is the first Secretary of Interior from a mountain state and the first Montanan to be in a president’s cabinet.
Governor Bullock has set May 25 to elect the candidate who will take Ryan Zinke’s seat in Congress.
At stake is a seat in Congress that Republicans have held for 22 years. Will this election be a slam dunk for the Republican candidate? Don’t count on it.
To be clear, I will support the Republican candidate for Congress. However, there are political forces that are far stronger than any recommendation I can make. The 200 or so Republicans who will nominate their candidate should be aware of these political forces before they make their choice.
The last election made it very clear that Montanans do not follow party lines in final elections. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 61 to 39 percent. Yet, Democrat Governor Steve Bullock beat Republican candidate Greg Gianforte by 52 to 48 percent. [Read more…]