I have known Ryan Zinke since we were in the same kindergarten class in Whitefish. From then to now, Ryan has remained my close friend through thick and thin.
Everyone knows Ryan Zinke as the Navy SEAL. I simply know Ryan as a friend that has always been there for me. I remember my grandmother’s passing when I was just out of high school. Ryan rode with my uncle and I to tell my father the news. My father requested that Ryan ride back to grandma’s house with him rather than me or my uncle.
When my dad and mom passed away, Ryan and his wife, Lola, went out of their way to be there for my family. In addition, my own family has experienced medical difficulties the last few years and Ryan and Lola have been there for us without question. Throughout it all Ryan would always say, “No drama, Brother!” I have come to realize that the term “Brother” has a special meaning for those that have served our country... something that I believe I haven’t earned but have had the privilege bestowed upon me by my friend.
Whether Ryan wins this election will not make a bit of difference in our friendship. As a matter of fact, Ryan and I argue about many things, but we usually end up coming to an agreement. No matter what, he is always respectful and we always remain the best of friends. He is a class act. For these reasons and many more, I hope we elect Ryan Zinke as Montana’s next congressman. He is an extremely bright and thoughtful person that I put the utmost trust in to represent the great state of Montana, and to get our country back on track.
Howke is a resident of Garner, Iowa