FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 27, 2020
Helena, MT – Last week, Senator Steve Daines’ spokesperson claimed he “has not made a final decision” on supporting the nomination of “sworn enemy to public lands” William Perry Pendley for Director of the Bureau of Land Management. This pivot comes after Daines has stood by Pendley for months, despite his support for “selling off almost all public lands” and stark opposition from “more than 100 conservation organizations,” including multiple Montana groups.
Daines’ backtracking on Pendley is yet another attempt to rewrite his atrocious conservation record. In recent months, Daines has tried to depict himself as a champion of public lands with his support of the Great American Outdoors Act – but this about face is nothing more than a “charade” to hide his extensive record of playing politics with Montana’s public lands.
“Pendley’s disqualifying views are abundant – most egregiously opposing public lands protections, and denying the existence of climate change. Even still, Steve Daines has stuck by him,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Now, facing a threat to his reelection, Daines is changing his tune. Montanans deserve a Senator who fights for their way of life all the time, not just when it’s politically expedient.”
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