Jon Tester Montana Politics

Tester Endorsements Make the Case for the Better Candidate By Far

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From the Billings Gazette, Tester has accomplished more in six years thanTester Rehberg has in twelve:

A hard-working moderate, Sen. Jon Tester has accomplished more for Montana in his first term than Rep. Denny Rehberg has in twice that time.

From the Missoulian, Tester follows through on his promises with an independence that protects Montanans:

Montanans already know exactly what to expect from both candidates. And because Montanans need advocates in Congress who will actively work to further the unique interests of our state, Tester should keep his Senate seat.

Far from merely adding to the ever-increasing campaign noise, Tester has consistently shown that he follows through on his promises with meaningful action. He has shown time and again that he will do what he says he will do. And he has done so even when it meant standing up to powerful people in the Obama administration and in his own party in order to stand by Montanans.

From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Tester is a statesman who puts results ahead of partisanship:

“We need statesmen, not political rhetoric,’ the Bozeman Daily Chronicle writes in its endorsement of Tester.  “We need leaders who understand that perhaps they don’t have the only good idea, not biased gamesmanship.”

What’s politely left unsaid in these endorsements is the fact that Dennis Rehberg would be a partisan disaster in the U.S. Senate. He’s done so little in his twelve years in Washington that neither he nor his campaign manager can come up with accomplishments more significant than writing letters and naming post offices.

Conservatives will no doubt scream “liberal bias” at these endorsements, but perhaps there has been no better time to quote Stephen Colbert. In this case, certainly, “the truth has a well-known liberal bias.”

When the entire Rehberg campaign has been dedicated to distorting Senator Tester’s record, that should tell voters something quite clearly. Rehberg has done little for Montana and less for the nation as a whole. He’s an obstructionist whose personal behavior, choice of associates, and poor legislative record offer us a wonderful opportunity to return him to his first love, lobbying.

This next week, let’s do all we can to retire Dennis Rehberg to his subdivision, from which he can write all the letters he wants.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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