Congressman Quits


( – In a new case of a Republican US Congress member announcing his resignation, US Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, who has been at odds with former President Donald Trump, has declared that he wouldn’t seek reelection in the fall due to unproven claims that have had an adverse effect on his family.

Rosendale’s statement seems to be linked to recent comments made by former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

She claimed there were rumors suggesting Rosendale (R-MT) impregnated a 20-year-old staffer who worked for him, The Daily Wire reports.

His office vehemently denied Heitkamp’s remarks, labeling them as “100% false and defamatory.”

They also stated that legal action would be taken against her.

Rosendale’s choice not to seek re-election follows his withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race shortly after entering it. This decision came after former President Donald Trump endorsed his opponent in the primary.

“At the onset of this election season, at the urging of many, I announced my candidacy for the U.S. Senate. It became very obvious soon after that announcement that the national support and resources necessary to win that seat were not going to be available to me. I withdrew as soon as possible so as not to jeopardize the opportunity for Republicans to secure that seat and, with it, the majority in the U.S. Senate, which is critical for our country,” the legislator declared in a statement.

Rosendale declared Congress was “severely broken and badly in need of reforms,” while those seeking change “are subject to severe retribution.”

“Upon withdrawing from that race, and again at the urging of many, including several of the current candidates, I filed to run for reelection to my current seat. Since that announcement, I have been forced to have law enforcement visit my children because of a death threat against me and false and defamatory rumors against me and my family. This has taken a serious toll on me, and my family. Additionally, it has caused a serious disruption to the election of the next representative for MT-02,” the Montana Republican stated.

Rosendale has been a member of the US House of Representatives since 2021, presently in his second two-year term. He previously ran unsuccessfully for the House in 2014, and for the US Senate in 2018.

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