Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale announces his retirement

 March 9, 2024

According to the Washington Examiner, Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale revealed this week that he is not seeking reelection.

That move came less than a month after Rosendale decided to withdraw from the Republican Senate primary. 

"Attacks have made it impossible for me to focus on my work"

Rosendale explained his choice to retire in a statement released via social media on Friday, writing, "The limited few of us who are willing to try and force true reforms are subject to severe retribution."

"To me, public service has truly always been about serving, not titles or positions of power. The current attacks have made it impossible for me to focus on my work to serve you," he stated.

Rosendale concluded by telling his constituents, "It has been my honor to serve you and may God bless each and every one of you."

The Examiner pointed out that Rosendale joins a group of 21 Republican and 23 Democratic House members who are stepping away from Washington.

Trump endorsed Rosendale's rival, former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy

Fox News reported that Rosendale's Senate run came to an end last month after former President Donald Trump endorsed his rival, former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy.

Sheehy also won endorsements from Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines, Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, and Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte.

"[W]ith Trump endorsing my opponent and the lack of resources, the hill was just too steep," Rosendale said of his difficult prospects.

Meanwhile, Sheehy told Rosendale that "Montana is grateful for your service and for showing Washington, D.C. what it means to hold the line on reckless spending."

Rosendale has long been a sharp critic of Mitch McConnell

Fox News noted that Rosendale's brief Senate campaign was marked by antipathy towards outgoing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"This morning, I officially filed for the U.S. Senate," Rosendale declared last month. "We’ve made great accomplishments in the House, only to see them die at the hands of Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer in the Senate."

The Republican congressman went on to insist that Montana voters want "a Senator that fights for WE,THE PEOPLE, not the D.C. Cartel!"

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