In an editorial today, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle slammed Congressman Ryan Zinke for his vote this week to block funding for the Department of Homeland Security.
The Chronicle’s editorial board criticized Zinke for joining with the extreme wing of the Republican party and contributing to congressional gridlock, writing that he has joined with the “delusional” members of Congress. They also pointed out that this move, like much of Zinke’s voting in his short time in office, goes against his campaign rhetoric of working to find bipartisan solutions:
“It’s disappointing to see that Zinke, who campaigned on a promise of compromise and getting things done, has chosen this route … Zinke, just sworn into his first term last November, campaigned on a promise to work with colleagues across the aisle on legislation that would move the country forward, that would do what’s best for Americans and Montanans. Instead, he has apparently chosen to align himself with the extreme right of the Republican Party and cast our state’s lone vote in the House in a disturbingly misguided statement of futility”.
Zinke’s off to a rough start if this is the kind of feedback he’s getting from back home just a few months into his term in Congress. If Zinke hopes to get a second term in Congress, this is not the way to go about it. Montanans don’t put up with this kind of extremism and partisan games from their representatives.