It’s already February 2019 and Steve Daines has spent the past three months sending out press releases commenting on topics that he should probably not comment on, and often these comments get printed verbatim by the Billings Gazette and his in-house Lee communications director over there.
Daines has grown more bold with these press releases as witnessed by the deluge of stories about Daines and the government shutdown that gave the junior Senator a free pass on all issues ranging from the destruction of our national parks during the government shutdown to his views on what he should be allowed to do to a woman’s body and her right to privacy and her healthcare decisions.
What have we seen in response by the Montana Democratic Party since election day 2018. Basically nothing.
The party can barely post to Facebook 1-2 times a week and even less to Twitter. They do a decent job of covering the legislative session, but again, Steve Daines gets a pass. Is this an intentional strategy? Is it laziness or incompetence?
Who is to know?
Are they recruiting a candidate to run against Daines?
Who is to know?
Twitter is not the issue though, these voluminous Daines press releases are going unanswered and that is not acceptable. This is the most basic function of the Montana Democratic Party. They must provide a voice that represents the values we share in the big tent, while providing a voice in opposition to the terrible GOP talking points that Daines send out in his press releases. The Montana Democratic Party has a duty to rebut false statements with facts, truth and analysis.
Newspapers want this input and Democrats all over Montana demand this from their party.
By this time in 2017 Jon Tester was already the focus of the entire Montana GOP apparatus and they had press releases, press conferences, television ads and endless social media working on defeating him. This is one of the reasons they were almost able to beat him with a fundamentally flawed opponent in Matt Rosendale. They started early and often.
Get in the game Montana Democratic Party.