Tester praises new position for fellow senator


Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) took time out during a press conference to praise his fellow Treasure State senator for his recent promotion.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) was recently named to a leadership position as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). The NRSC is a campaign organization designed to increase the numbers of republicans in the senate. The promotion was announced Nov. 16.

During a recent telephone conference call with members of Montana media (Nov. 17), he said it was a good sign.

According to Sen. Tester, it was a good thing for his fellow Montanan. “I applaud. Anytime you can bring a Montanan into a leadership position, it is a positive thing.

“I also think that when Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) was alive … he passed away 10 years ago now …. I talked to Danny about division. He had been in this body (the Senate) since the 1950s. He (Inouye) said it was very, very divided here when they were doing the civil rights work in the 1960s. It changed. I asked him, what caused it to change and he said he didn’t know.

“I think this (mid-term) election may be one of those change agents. I hope it is so that the sitting senators know there is a lot of people out there who are tired of the political bickering. (They) want us to get together and work for the betterment of the country.

“That is what I got from the election. I hope that there is 99 other folks in the Senate who got the same message,” Tester added.

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