I have to agree with David Crisp on this issue: Jon Tester should have filled out the Project Vote Smart survey. Jackie Corr reports in the Tribune that the Tester campaign chose not to complete the survey because “answering the questionnaire…provides opponents with fodder for attacking the candidates.”
It’s a misguided rationale. The intellectual thugs in the Burns campaign (yeah, you Klindt) have been and will continue to try to define Tester–no matter what survey he fills or statements he makes. What’s more, not filling out the survey is going to lead to predictable attacks in the E-Brief and from Burns’ staffers.
The more voters see about the positions that matter to Tester, the more likely they are to vote for him–because he is in touch with mainstream Montana values.