Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Schweitzer certainly successful in bringing attention to Montana

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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Gov. Brian Schweitzer is in New York this week to help promote Montana tourism, but nobody is interested in talking about Glacier National Park or fly fishing. Instead, Schweitzer made the rounds with Anderson Cooper 360 yesterday to discuss and defend his remarks about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's polygamist family roots in Mexico.

Schweitzer said his sensational statements had been taken "way off base", that he "didn't say anything about any religion" and that his comments were about Romney's challenge attracting Latino voters.

Here's video of the segment:

In an interesting twist, the Great Falls Tribune reported last night that Schweitzer had a recent "bromance" with Romney and once said he'd consider voting for the former Massachusetts governor for president.

"If he gets the nomination, I might support him,'" Schweitzer told The New York Times in 2006.

All the Romney stuff is overshadowing Schweitzer's main reason for being in the Big Apple. He's there to promote new direct flights from Newark to Bozeman, and get people to visit. Starting next week, a bunch of trucks "wrapped in picturesque unspoiled natural landscapes and iconic Montana wildlife" will roll through New York City to entice potential travelers. (Nothing like promoting natural beauty with trucks.) Today, Schweitzer's standing in Times Square next to one of the big rigs and "handing out free promotional items from Montana such as beef and bison jerky and huckleberry jam." Tomorrow, he appears on the David Letterman.

All well and good, but chances are Letterman will want to talk as much about Romney as the gateway to Yellowstone.

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