Jon Tester Montana Politics

Chamber of Commerce Attacks “John” Tester

I don’t know who the hell this “John” Tester is, but the wing of the Republican Party called the Chamber of Commerce sure is mad at him, running a dishonest attack ad on him here in Montana:


There a pretty sloppy organization, since this ad follows an incredibly dishonest attack on our Senator, Jon Tester:

One new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacks Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in particularly uncreative fashion. The ad accuses Tester of giving families reason to fear higher energy taxes, basing the claim on two votes from 2007 and 2008 on comprehensive climate change bills. The only vote from this year is Tester’s opposition to billions in tax giveaways to oil companies that have made nearly a trillion dollars in profit in the past decade, but which still receive government tax breaks. The ad also trots out the old falsehoods about "Obamacare," including PolitiFact’s 2010 "Lie of the Year." The Chamber appears more interested in defeating Senator Tester than in telling Montanans the truth.

There’s a part of me that’s actually glad to see these kinds of attacks. They didn’t work for Conrad Burns and they certainly work for Representative Rehberg.  These kinds of sloppy mistakes from out of state interest groups will only remind voters that a vote for Representative Rehberg is a vote for the moneyed interests he’s served for his entire career in Washington.

It’s going to be a long, ugly campaign season in Montana. Representative Rehberg has no record to campaign on, so he and his allies in Washington are going to be on the attack for the next year.

It’s unfortunate for them that their content is about as accurate as their spelling.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an 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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