The chairman of the Montana Libertarians is disavowing comments from the party’s U.S. Senate candidate that support Republican Matt Rosendale.
Francis Wendt says the Libertarian Party doesn’t support Rosendale because he’s from another party and lacks a strong enough stance on privacy issues.
Libertarian Senate candidate Rick Breckenridge announced his support for Rosendale earlier Wednesday.
Breckenridge says it’s in response to a mailer sent by an unknown group that appeared aimed at undermining Rosendale’s support among conservatives.
Rosendale is in a tight race against two-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.
The mailer is reminiscent of tactics used by Democratic-friendly groups in Tester’s 2012 race to promote the Libertarian candidate and peel away Republican voters.
Wendt says that if Libertarians lose votes because of Breckenridge’s support of Rosendale it could make it harder for the party to qualify for future ballots.