A pro-Trump consultant has been uninvited from speaking at a Montana GOP convention over his vocal criticism of Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), fanning tensions between the congressman and allies of the former president.
On Friday, the Montana Republican Party announced that Alex Bruesewitz, who has close ties to Donald Trump Jr., would be the keynote speaker at its winter kickoff, a two-day, grassroots training event that will be held in February.
The invitation prompted blowback from officials aligned with Rosendale, according to multiple state legislators and several emails reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
Bruesewitz has been critical of Rosendale for weeks, painting him as a MAGA “poser” funded by the Democrats. That criticism, Bruesewitz says, is partly based on Rosendale’s perceived “disloyalty” to former President Donald Trump.
But Rosendale allies say Bruesewitz has ulterior motives and wants entrepreneur Tim Sheehy to win a Montana Senate race that