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Helena Independent Record Endorses Jon Tester for Senate

Billings—Big Sandy Farmer and US Senator Jon Tester received the endorsement of yet another newspaper this morning, adding the Helena Independent Record to the list of newspapers around the state.

The Independent Record joins the Bozeman Daily ChronicleBillings Gazette, and the Montana Standard in endorsing Tester.

The Independent Record touts Tester’s independence from any political party, refusing to be a rubber stamp for anyone, but willingness to work with anyone when it’s good for Montana.

Helena Independent Record: Tester votes his conscience even when it hurts
By the Helena Independent Record Editorial Board
October 22, 2018

Key Points:

  • “In today’s hyper-partisan world, Montana and the rest of the country desperately need political leaders who think for themselves. That’s one of the main reasons we support the re-election of Jon Tester to the U.S. Senate.”

  • “As a Democratic farmer in a fairly red state, Tester bears little resemblance to the far-left fringe coming from states like California. In fact, Congress tracking website GovTrack has even ranked Tester slightly to the right of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.”

  • “Despite political pressure from his own party, Tester voted against Democratic proposals to ban assault weapons and limit magazine capacity. He also opposes the creation of a national gun registry and even wrote to former President Barack Obama and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to voice concerns about a U.N. proposal he said could have created an international gun registry.”

  • “Tester has also voted to confirm numerous Trump appointees, including Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and many others. Yet the senator refuses to be a rubber stamp.”

  • “[W]e believe it’s more important for Montana to have independent thinkers in Congress, and Tester votes his conscience even when it hurts. That’s the kind of leadership we need to overcome destructive partisanship in politics, and we hope to see more of it in Washington.”

Read the entire endorsement HERE.