The two photos above were taken on the same day, part of Jon Tester’s run for Senate from my former and Steve Kelly’s current home state of Montana in 2006. I am hoping that our astute readers can point out some obvious inconsistencies.
Tester won that campaign, and I voted for him based on his environmental promises. Shortly after winning the election he turned on the Montana environment community, called us names, and lost our support (critical in a close election). In 2012 he had to turn to dark money, a $1 million or so injection of cash at the end of his campaign to sway votes from his opponent, Dennis Rehberg, and to Dan Cox, the libertarian candidate. That shift provided his winning margin, allowing him to retain the seat with 48.6% of the vote (Rehberg 44.6%, Cox 6.6%).
The money for the ad campaign was funneled through a group called Montana Hunters and Anglers. No one knows where they got it, to this day. The move was legal in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.
Below is a current screen grab from Tester’s Facebook Page:
The man makes my skin crawl.