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"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.)

Viceroy:
says a lot about politics in this country and politics in general! and Montana too.....
11.3.2008 7:28pm
Joe Kowalski (mail):
Ahhh, that party hack must be channeling the ghost of Walter Mondale's 1984 primary campaign, where's the beef indeed.
11.3.2008 7:34pm
Arkady:
For the provenance, see this.
11.3.2008 7:54pm
Crimso:

and Montana too

I understand that he also had to dispel rumors that he eschews dental floss.
11.3.2008 8:06pm
Sagar:
he forgot the obligatory "not that there is anything wrong with it"
11.3.2008 8:07pm
gwinje:
In Montana there IS something wrong with that (outside Missouls and Bozeman, and even there, you might get weird looks).
11.3.2008 8:10pm
Porkchop:
But he hasn't denied being a practicing thespian!
11.3.2008 8:13pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
So, why haven't we heard McCain's and Obama's positions on broccoli?
11.3.2008 8:16pm
steviededalus:
I have it on good authority that he masticated the same room as his SISTER!

Also, if the argument is he's a vegetarian and his personal vegetarianism would hurt Montana's livestock industry...either their livestock industry is very small or Montanans eat several tons of meat in a year.
11.3.2008 8:20pm
Michael Drake (mail) (www):
Have you no rotisserie, sir?
11.3.2008 8:28pm
crane (mail):
Also, if the argument is he's a vegetarian and his personal vegetarianism would hurt Montana's livestock industry...either their livestock industry is very small or Montanans eat several tons of meat in a year.

It's the symbolism of the thing, steviededalus. Lots of voters in Montana make their living, directly or indirectly, off the cattle industry, and it's probably fair to assume they'd look askance at a governor who refuses to buy their product.
11.3.2008 9:01pm
Hoosier:
"I am Not and Have Never Been a Vegetarian"

Sure, Alger. Sure you aren't.
11.3.2008 9:49pm
Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
here's the link to the quoted text:

proper link to cited text
11.3.2008 10:24pm
Eli Rabett (www):
Thank you porkchop, those were the words I was looking for
11.3.2008 10:43pm
trad and anon:
But he hasn't denied being a practicing thespian!
In wicked New York City, no doubt. On top of that, sources tell me that before his marriage he routinely practiced celibacy.
11.4.2008 11:16am