October 25, 2020
Helena, Mont — This morning, the Billings Gazette, Missoulian and Montana Standard endorsed Governor Bullock for the U.S. Senate, calling him “a warrior and a coalition-builder” who has “led consistently with a steady hand.”
Their editorials note Bullock’s impressive record of bipartisanship, including managing “to work with a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans to fund critical infrastructure needs, and to continue Medicaid expansion.”
In a direct contrast to Bullock, the editorial boards slammed Senator Steve Daines for being in “lockstep” behind President Donald Trump and for his “verbal gymnastics attempting to rationalize his hypocritical support of rushing Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court as the election itself is going on” — calling it “gobbledygook — a tap-dance around hypocrisy.”
They conclude that “Bullock is the better choice because he has shown himself to be a capable negotiator who brings together disparate interests before forging ahead.”
Put simply: Governor Steve Bullock will be a strong, independent voice that Montanans deserve in the Senate. In contrast, Senator Daines only looks out for himself and his corporate backers — not Montanans.
Billings Gazette: Gazette endorsement: For US Senate, Steve Bullock
“That combination of gumption and diplomacy would serve him and Montana well in the Senate.”
“Recognizing and appreciating Steve Daines’ strengths, but disappointed with some of his weaknesses, we endorse Steve Bullock for the United States Senate.”
Missoulian: Montanans should send Governor Bullock to the Senate
“One significant difference, however, is that Bullock has led consistently with a steady hand, occasionally even notching landmark national wins for Montana. He has been a forceful advocate for his priorities, yet he has avoided major controversies and acted as a damper when tensions flamed — regardless of whether the fires were set by Republicans or Democrats.”
Neither should we excuse his twisted explanation for moving forward with a U.S. Supreme Court confirmation shortly before an election, a complete reversal from the position he took when President Obama nominated a justice in 2016. “I don’t think it’s right to bring a nominee forward in an election year,” Daines said then.
“Bullock is the better choice because he has shown himself to be a capable negotiator who brings together disparate interests before forging ahead, and without allowing the folks on the far sides to hijack the discussion.”
Montana Standard: Standard endorsement: For Senate, we recommend Steve Bullock
“He has taken bold steps when boldness was called for — bucking Atlantic Richfield and the EPA to fund the removal of harmful tailings in Butte comes to mind — and he has kept his powder dry when restraint was called for. Indeed, Bullock has been both a warrior and a coalition-builder, an unusual resume feature in these times.’
“Much more consequential are Daines’ verbal gymnastics attempting to rationalize his hypocritical support of rushing Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court as the election itself is going on. In 2016, when, nine months before the election, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Daines supported Mitch McConnell’s decision not to allow a vote on the nomination.”