Governor Schweitzer, please delcare Conrad Burns a federal disaster area!

Last week our junior Senator wrote Governor Schweitzer to declare a state of emergency over Montana’s wildfires – only Schweitzer had already done so more than a month ago. Montana National Guard helicopters were used earlier this month, and Guard troops helped fight the recent Derby fire, which shut down parts of I-90.

Burns’ letter included the following lines:

“Entire ranches have been consumed and homes have been lost,” Burns wrote. “Based on these conditions, I am requesting that you declare a State of Emergency.”

After being notified that such an action was already implemented, Burns’ staffers worked furiously to cover their and their boss’ *sses:

James Pendleton, a Burns spokesman, said the senator was “pretty sure” Schweitzer had already issued such a disaster declaration, but just wanted to make sure.

“The genesis of the letter was just to make sure that all the bases were covered,” Pendleton said. “This is not a political football. It’s just a cover-the-bases letter and certainly casts no aspersions on the governor.”

Schweitzer’s reply was classic, and reminded Montanans where Boss Hogg has put his cows out to graze this summer:

“You know, these things get covered in the local and state press, but oftentimes they don’t make it into the New York Times and Washington Post,” Schweitzer said Thursday, as to how Burns might have missed the announcement.

(How this guy lost to Burns is beyond me. Watching Schweitzer exchange barbs with Burns’ campaign is like watching Ali toy with Liston.)

You know, a quick search of – the state government’s website – pulled up at least one document (pdf) that clearly indicates a governor-declared fire state of emergency exists in Montana. But then based on the Burns’ campaign, our junior Senator belongs to the Ted Stevens club of Internet-as-a-series-of-tubes believers.

That’s why I’m backing Matt Singer’s call for the Governor to call Senator Burns a federal disaster area.

Governor! We’re begging you! Put an end to the suffering Montana is enduring at the hands – mouth? – of our junior Senator! We need relief!


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