Hands On

by Rebecca Schmitz

Even the best campaign advertising doesn’t get much better than this:

“I wondered what kind of help they would need, and when I got over to the campsite I couldn’t believe it,” [Betsy] Hands said. “The fire had traveled along this root system and there was this large black area that was generating a lot of heat.” [snip] Together the two hiking groups scrambled to douse the blaze, which was about 300 feet from the lake. Using their waterproof stuff sacks and an abandoned rubber raft to carry water, it took the hikers about 90 minutes to put out the fire.

Yes, that’s HD 99’s Representative, Democrat Betsy Hands. When not using discarded outdoor recreation equipment to fight fires set by slob campers, Rep. Hands is one of our best advocates for energy independence and conservation. She’s up for re-election this year. Her opponent, Jedediah Cox, is one of the three College Republicans who want to represent Missoula in the Legislature.

Unless Jedediah plans on fighting wildfire this summer with a cracked Nalgene bottle and a fishing creel, he can’t top this kind of exposure.

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