The Burns campaign declined NEWSWEEK’S request for an interview. When we told them that you had agreed to chat, Burns’ campaign spokesperson said, “He has time to talk, because he’s just sitting up on his farm.”
You know who would say something like that? Someone who doesn’t know anything about farming, maybe someone from out of state, who doesn’t understand that for family farmers, life is a pretty constant struggle to make enough money to survive.
Maybe the ‘gentleman’ farmers and ranchers that Conrad visits for his private fundraising events have the time to sit around; no farmer I have ever known has had that kind of time. They are too busy providing sustenance for their families.
Of course, someone who makes $165,200 a year who’s in the midst of a month long vacation from his federal might not understand the nature of hard work.
If Conrad Burns were a person of substance who was more interested in his constituents than cheap political stunts, he would fire this flunky immediately. Fortunately, we all know that Conrad isn’t.