Attention Jason Klindt and the Burns press machine:
Here is the problem. You can’t complain about the attack campaign of Tester while at the same time letting your “East coast” thugs in to do your dirty work.
Yesterday’s Gazette demonstrations the problem. While covering the Montana Republican Party convention, Conrad again complained that the campaign would be dirty and then complained that those pesky “East coast liberals” would be running the show if we don’t sent him back.
Here is my problem. He again warns the Republican faithful that it is going to be negative. “”It has to be negative to sell newspapers,” Burns tells the crowd. Now, let’s ignore that this story, full of the same vile crap that he pushes election after election made it to the front page (irony, anyone?) but this seems to assume that all of the accusations concerning the house-that-Jack-built are the only negative attacks in the campaign while Burns is clean.
I’ll say it right now: put your campaign where your mouth is, Senator Burns. Call off the out-of-state ads. Come clean. Promise that neither you or the machine will go negative and hold your friends to it.
And here is a message to Montana journalists: the next time you sit Connie down, ask him how he can complain about the negative campaigning when his side has the nerve to run ads like the Tester haircut ads?