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Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke

U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke made the news in Santa Barbara, California, for his campaign improperly posting signs in the unincorporated suburb of Hope Ranch, where he had a recent fundraiser.

In response to a reader’s question about why a Montana candidate was posting campaign signs in California, columnist Barney Brantingham of the Santa Barbara Independent reported Thursday that Zinke had a fundraiser there.

He said that the signs drew protests, and Hope Ranch officials later took them down.

The Hope Ranch manager, Jim Trebbin, said Tuesday that the Zinke campaign put some signs along the easements in the area, which is against the Hope Ranch Park Home Association’s guidelines.

A neighbor complained about the signs, the manager said.

“If he would have put them on the member’s property and not on the easement, that’s fine,” Trebbin said.

Zinke said the campaign put up four small signs to direct guests to the house where the fundraiser was. No permit was required, he said.

Zinke said his wife, Lola, originally is from Santa Barbara, and moved there this winter to care for her mother, who is suffers from an aging disease. He was going to be on the campaign trail in Montana.

Lola Zinke and her mother, Consuelo Hand, will be in back in Whitefish again this summer. He said his mother-in-law, consulate to Peru in the Eisenhower administration, has lived with them for three years.

The Santa Barbara Independent said Lola is the daughter of Fred Hand, a prominent Santa Barbara businessman in the 1960s who has a street named after him.

Zinke said he was in Santa Barbara visiting his wife and mother-in-law, who needs help. Some friends there were kind enough to sponsor a fundraiser there, he said.

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