Bozeman Chronicle endorses Tester; New York Times on Montana’s “small ‘r’ Republicans”

Another endorsement for Tester in a Montana newspaper. This time in the Bozeman Chronicle. Naturally, like much of interest in that paper, the editorial is behind its firewall. (Why newspapers do this is beyond me. They don’t want the exposure?) But here are some juicy tidbits:

…Burns has given Democrats ample ammunition to use against him in this race. In recent years he has opted to do the White House bidding in the Senate, including unflinching support for the Iraq war and the Patriot act. He is accused of taking $150,000 in political donations from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates. And his vocal outbursts against wild land firefighters, flight attendants, Arabs, African-Americans and even cab drivers-never seems to embarrass him as much as it does the rest of us.Conversly, Tester, 50, is one of a breed of commonsense populist politicans making gains on the Western political landscape. He is a Montana native who looks and acts like one. He is pro-gun rights, familiar with agricultural issues and approaches conservation issues with the state’s hunting and fishing traditions in mind….

Jon Tester deserves your vote.

Add that to the Gazette, Tribune, Independent, Montana Standard, and Outpost, and every paper that endorses has swung to Tester. Don’t expect anything from the Missoulian, though. They don’t do endorsements. Go figure.

In other media-related news, Missoula’s Dee McNamer has written a fantastic piece about the “small ‘r’ Republicans” who might decide this race:

Now [McNamer’s father] is almost 88 years old and, though he might disagree with me, I have the sense that his support for Mr. Tester is a way to say that he recognizes the challenger — a grandson of Montana homesteaders, a farmer who wants to fix some things in Washington — in a way that he doesn’t recognize the incumbent, Senator Burns, a former auctioneer who didn’t grow up in the state and appears to have a shady friend or two back at the Capitol.He doesn’t elaborate on his preference, though. He calls Mr. Burns “a coyote from Missouri,” and that’s pretty much all he has to say about it. But if Jon Tester wins this very close race, it will probably be safe to say that more than a few of my dad’s fellow Republicans decided they felt the same way.

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  1. marilyn lemm

    Informative articles that talk about truths, not the garbage.
    Jon Tester, a good person, has the ability to represent Montana in the US Congress with a high degree of respect. Jon is well versed on the issues, articulates his position and seemingly has confidence to carry out his convictions.

    Jon’s tenor in the Montana senate, as well as his leadership qualities, gives him the needed edge when he goes to Washington.

  2. marilyn

    Paragraph 2: Hope you know I meant tenure, not tenor.

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