"I am Not and Have Never Been a Vegetarian,"

says Montana gubernatorial candidate Roy Brown, in response to rumors being spread by a neighbor and being forwarded by the chairman of the opposing party (though the chairman later seemed to suggest the rumor was "[s]illy"):

"I am disgusted by the baseless allegation that I am a vegetarian and that my personal eating habits should somehow be construed as opposed to the economic interests of Montana's livestock industry."

Brown did say that he and his family temporarily cut back on their consumption of meat and dairy products 25 years ago when they were caring for a dying loved one who couldn't eat those products.

Thanks to Katherine Mangu-Ward (Reason's Hit & Run) for the pointer.

UPDATE: "Where's the Beef?" (Thanks to commenter Joe Kowalski.)