Donald Trump Jr.

In this file photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally in Greg Gianforte's honor on April 22, 2017, at the Copper Spring Ranch outside of Bozeman. Trump Jr. will be in Bozeman next week to rally for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

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Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former news personality on Fox News, are expected to be in Bozeman next Tuesday to stump for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

But it’s not clear where.

The Rosendale campaign announced Tuesday morning that the pair would speak at Midtown Tavern, a restaurant on North Seventh Avenue.

But, Jeff Wilcox, a manager at the restaurant, said it won’t host the rally. He said the announcement was a miscommunication and that the restaurant has no interest in taking a side in the U.S. Senate race — or any other race.

“We definitely don’t want to take political sides. That’s never our intention,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox said he was unaware the event had been booked until it was announced on Tuesday. He said he was reaching out to people to set the record straight and that they apologized for the news coming out.

“That’s just not who we are. We just try to stay politically neutral,” Wilcox said. “We’re a restaurant.”

Shane Scanlon, a Rosendale spokesman, said in an email that more than 200 people reserved tickets for the event and that the campaign is searching for a different venue “to accommodate the unprecedented demand.”

Rosendale is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, a two-term incumbent. Libertarian Rick Breckenridge is also vying for the seat.

Rosendale has tied himself closely to President Donald Trump and the administration has offered plenty of campaign help. The president and his son have both visited the state to stump for Rosendale already this year, as has Vice President Mike Pence.

In a news release, the Rosendale campaign said Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle would appear at the restaurant on Sept. 25. Rosendale said was excited to welcome the two back to Montana. He said the race is a top priority for the Trump administration and it’s an honor to have the two join him on the campaign trail.

“President Trump is now counting on all of us to win this race so we can help him advance his agenda,” Rosendale said.

Tester campaign spokesman Chris Meagher said in an emailed statement that the U.S. Senate race is between Rosendale and Tester.

“Matt Rosendale can bring in other out-of-stater real estate developers who, like him, wish they were real Montanans, but he can’t hide from his record of voting against Montana’s veterans, voting against protecting access for Montana’s hunters and anglers, and rubber-stamping health insurance rate increases of up to 23 percent on Montanans,” Meagher said.

David Parker, associate professor of political science at Montana State University, said a recent CBS poll that had Tester two points ahead of Rosendale in the race shows that there is enthusiasm among Democrats. Parker said the rally was likely an effort from Republicans to edge that enthusiasm gap, noting it would likely hurt Rosendale in the general election if they did not address it.

“It’s clear that they believe President Trump, the vice president and the president’s family have a strong brand in Montana that will motivate Republican and Republican-leaning voters to turn out,” Parker said.

But the visit could go either way, he said, since the polling already shows that Democrats are excited about participating in the November election.

The visit from Trump Jr. will come less than three weeks after his father visited Montana for the second time this year. Trump held a rally in Billings for Rosendale to excite the Republican base ahead of the November general election.

Trump called on Tester to resign in April for releasing allegations that Ronny Jackson, White House physician and the president’s nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, was drunk on the job and overprescribed medication. Jackson denied the claims but withdrew his name from the running before a Senate hearing took place. Since then, Trump has forced the U.S. Senate race in Montana into the national spotlight.

Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Rosendale in Billings in July.

Trump Jr. visited Bozeman in April 2017 to rally for Greg Gianforte during Gianforte’s campaign for the U.S. House during last year’s special election.

Guilfoyle, Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, left Fox News earlier this year to work for America First Policies, a pro-Trump super PAC.

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