MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Wayne Trottier, a Republican from Cavalier, is a long-time state lawmaker.
He’s a grandfather and a veteran and perhaps the quintessential small-town North Dakotan.
Probably not someone you’d bet on finding internet stardom, but then he put used a velvety purple Crown Royal bag as a face mask on the floor of the House and the image, particularly the one published on the front page of the Bismarck Tribune, became a bit of a sensation.
How folks reacted to this image is something or a Rorschach test for North Dakota politics.
Many of the reactions I saw, particularly among right-leaning North Dakotans, amounted to a chuckle at a moment of levity coming when we haven’t had a lot to laugh about.