GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale drops re-election bid in Montana

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Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., announced Friday that he will not activity a 3rd term, citing unspecified “false and defamatory rumors” astir him and his family, arsenic good arsenic a decease threat.

“The existent attacks person made it intolerable for maine to attraction connected my activity to service you,” Rosendale said successful a statement posted to X. “So, successful nan champion liking of my family and nan community, I americium withdrawing from nan House title and will not beryllium seeking office.”

It’s nan 2nd astonishment announcement from Rosendale successful 3 weeks. Last month, he ended his run for a Senate seat little than a week aft launching it. Rosendale faced a perchance sadistic Republican superior successful that title against aerospace entrepreneur Tim Sheehy, who is backed by erstwhile President Donald Trump and nan National Republican Senatorial Committee. Trump advisers and friends had been disappointment pinch Rosendale, who they believed had not been sufficiently loyal, and made that clear earlier he entered nan contest.

“This title was already going to beryllium tough, arsenic I was fighting against [Senate GOP Leader] Mitch McConnell and nan remainder of nan Republican constitution successful Washington,” Rosendale said erstwhile he dropped retired of nan Senate title Feb. 15. “But I felt for illustration I could hit them, arsenic nan voters do not work together pinch them choosing who would beryllium nan adjacent U.S. Senator from Montana.”

“However,” Rosendale added, “by my calculations, pinch Trump endorsing my force and nan deficiency of resources, nan elevation was conscionable excessively steep.”

In his Friday announcement, Rosendale said he made nan determination to record for re-election to his House spot “at nan urging of many, including respective of nan existent candidates.” 

Since then, Rosendale added, “I person been forced to person rule enforcement sojourn my children because of a decease threat against maine and mendacious and defamatory rumors against maine and my family. This has taken a superior toll connected me, and my family. Additionally, it has caused a superior disruption to nan predetermination of nan adjacent typical for” Montana’s 2nd Congressional District.

A crowded field had emerged for nan House seat, fixed nan anticipation that Rosendale would tally for Senate. Among nan candidates are former Rep. Denny Rehberg, who served what was past Montana’s lone legislature territory from 2001 until 2013. Rehberg announced his candidacy past period — aft Rosendale ended his Senate bid.

Rosendale, a erstwhile authorities legislator and authorities auditor, represented Montana’s at-large legislature territory for a word and has served nan recently recreated 2nd District since past year.

Rosendale is simply a personnel of nan blimpish Freedom Caucus and has caused immoderate symptom for GOP activity successful nan House. He was 1 of a fistful of Republicans who denied erstwhile Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., nan gavel complete 15 rounds of votes astatine nan opening of this Congress — and angered Trump by ignoring his telephone telephone connected nan House level to get successful statement down McCarthy.

Henry J. Gomez

Henry J. Gomez is simply a elder nationalist governmental newsman for NBC News.