What Montanans Are Saying About Dishonest Daines 

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What Montanans Are Saying About Dishonest Daines 
 
Helena, MT – Throughout Senator Steve Daines’ career in Washington D.C., he’s fought for himself and corporate donors, not hard-working Montanans. From slashing taxes for massive corporations who bankroll his campaign to voting to let insurance companies deny health care for people with pre-existing conditions while pocketing thousands in campaign cash from their corporate PACs, Daines is not working for us, and Montanans know it. 
 
Here’s what Montanans have been saying:

Missoulian: We need a senator who keeps his promises
“I want to thank Sen. Steve Daines for letting us know that when he said, in 2016, that he didn’t think it was right to bring a Supreme Court nominee forward in an election year, that he was only kidding. Maybe in California, telling voters one thing and then turning around and doing another is okay, but I was raised to believe that, in Montana, an elected official is only as good as his or her word. I wonder what other things Daines has told us that he didn’t really mean?”

Missoulian: Will Daines show Montana values? 
“There’s been a lot of talk about “Montana values” during this election cycle. You know, a person’s word is their bond, and it holds even when it’s not politically correct or serving a person’s best interest at the moment. …So, will Steve Daines show us his “Montana values” and hold to the beliefs he expressed in 2016, or will he cave into McConnell and politics? We’ll know before casting our ballots.

Missoulian: Daines supports party over country 
“Whenever Daines opens his mouth, he likes to spew rhetoric about “Montana values.” In Montana, we value integrity. We value honesty. We value character in the face of an easier option. We stand by our word. By changing his position to support party over country, Daines has shown utter lack of any of the above and nothing but complete cowardice to defy his Republican masters. There is no better reason, among many, for Montanans to vote for Steve Bullock for U.S. Senate.”

Belgrade News: Public lands aren’t fodder for stunts
“Daines stopped in Gardiner last month to take more credit for the Great American Outdoors Act, which permanently reauthorized and fully funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund, something Senator Tester has been fighting for more than a decade. My question is: where was Daines’ support for the last five years in the Senate? […] Senator Daines still refuses to speak out about the fact that Pendley continues to illegally serve as the head of the Bureau of Land Management without Senate confirmation. Senator Daines has consistently sided with his party leaders and outside interests over Montanans’ right to access our public lands. That’s why we must vote him out in November.”

Missoulian: Give honor to those due honor 
“In response to Senator Daines’ recent political ad regarding his involvement in the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, I would like to give “honor to those due honor”: to the 400+ local citizens, who formed a grass roots coalition; Senator Tester, who actually initiated the legislation; then Secretary Zinke, who brought bi-partisan support; and Congressman Gianforte, who was asked to run point for the GOP. This “bi-partisan” effort is the true political message I hope every Montanan takes to heart. This never would have happened without them all, as seen in the broader history of events. […] Dec. 18, 2018: Senator Daines, a year later, formally cosponsors the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act.”

Missoulian: Daines is misrepresenting his history
“I’m so tired of seeing Steve Daines misrepresent his family history to score points with the people of Montana. Daines loves to tout that he’s a fifth-generation Montanan, but you can easily verify online that he wasn’t actually born in Montana. Daines was actually born in Los Angeles, California. Why does he claim to be a fifth-generation Montanan, when his own Wikipedia page says that he’s a Californian? While I agree that you can move to a place and it becomes your home, Daines should just say that instead of intentionally misleading voters. Montana can be his home, but that doesn’t magically make him a fifth-generation descendant. We expect honesty from our elected officials, and Daines has shown he has no problem twisting the facts to put himself in the best light.”

Helena IR: Daines operates behind the scenes 
“I see in the newspaper that Senator Daines supports the effort to block vote by mail in Montana. The Republican National Committee filed suit to stop counties—our local government—from choosing whether they want to offer vote by mail.Senator Daines did make clear he supports vote by mail in concept. But, as a matter of principle, he supports the suit. Which is against vote by mail. […] As best I can tell by the form letters Senator Daines sends me, the Senator prefers to operate behind the scenes. The problem is, Senator Daines is so far behind the scenes he isn’t even in the show.”

Missoulian: Republicans show bald-faced hypocrisy 
“The country has taken note of the bald-faced hypocrisy behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision — apparently supported by the overwhelming majority of his Republican colleagues, including our own Steve Daines — to push through on confirming President Trump’s pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court before the upcoming election, notwithstanding the fact that they took precisely the opposite position four years ago when Democrat Barack Obama was president and Justice Scalia’s seat opened up. […] “Hypocrisy” may in fact be too kind a word under these circumstances. The Republican majority appears to be operating under the governing principle that “we’re doing it not because it’s fair or right, but because we think we can.”

Helena IR: Q-Anon issue does not speak well of Daines
“Earlier this month, Lee Newspapers reported that Republicans, including Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte, along with Vice President Mike Pence, were going to hold a fundraiser at the home of a couple who are Q-Anon supporters. Thanks to this good reporting and the stir it caused, the Republicans canceled this particular event. But in doing so, Daines’ spokesperson claimed that Daines had “never even heard” of Q-Anon. Really? Either our Junior Senator is hopelessly out of touch with current events. Or he’s not telling voters the truth, instead falling back on a national Republican line of denial. […] Neither possibility speaks well of Senator Daines and his ability to be an independent voice for Montana.”

Billings Gazette; Letter to the editor: Vote for those who take responsibility
“When two people died of Ebola, Republicans said Obama should resign. When four people died in Benghazi, Republicans launched a multiyear probe, ultimately making Hillary Clinton testify for 11 hours. Now that President Trump’s incompetence managing the coronavirus pandemic has killed almost 200,000 people, Sen. Steve Daines, Rep. Greg Gianforte and Auditor Matt Rosendale are telling us we need to elect them because Trump is so good at making America great.”

Helena IR: A warning to seniors
“Since Senator Steve Daines, Rep. Greg Gianforte and Matt Rosendale mentioned that they are in lock step with Donald Trump, I assume that they are going along with doing away with the payroll taxes. If they claim they are not supporting this action, what are they going to do to stop Trump? Not only seniors should be aware of this, the younger working class should too. What would your parents and grandparents do without their income? For all of you seniors and young adults: vote this November. It directly affects you.”

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Denial of climate change is wasting valuable time
“Our own Steve Daines has told me that addressing climate change would “cost jobs and hurt families.” Well my family’s hurt, as are scores of other families across Bridger Canyon and thousands more across the West. The GOP wants to tell us bedtime stories that “climates always change” (never mind that the rate of change since the industrial era is exponential and increasingly asymptotic) to lull us to sleep while they grab cash from a fossil fuel industry that is itself fossilizing. They’re setting us up for a nasty wake-up in the middle of the night when the wildfires of change can no longer be ignored, or even fought against.”

Missoulian: Daines doesn’t stand with our troops 
“I saw in the news that Fox News confirmed reports that our Commander-in-Chief called troops who gave their life for this great country “losers” and “suckers.” These comments are offensive and utterly unacceptable. […] where’s Senator Daines? Like always, he’s too afraid to stand up to his party leaders and do what’s right for Montana’s men and women in uniform by condemning this blatant disrespect. Steve Daines’ refusal to speak out shows that he clearly doesn’t have a spine, and he doesn’t stand with our troops.”
 

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