The Montana State Firemen’s Association announced today that it has endorsed Sen. Jon Tester in his bid to serve a second term in the U.S. Senate.
USA Today reported that firefighters became a major factor in the race after Conrad Burns
cursed a Virginia-based hotshot crew he encountered in the Billings airport, accusing them of being lazy and overpaid. Burns apologized, but the incident led Tester supporters to form a “Firefighters for Tester” group who wore distinctive yellow T-shirts and packed six Senate debates.
This time it is Denny Rehberg who made himself the enemy of firefighters after suing them for risking their lives to protect his scrub brush.
Montana State Fireman’s Association President Ed Cleary noted that Tester is Montana’s only 2012 Senate candidate who supported the James Zagroda 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a measure that provides much-needed health care to the heroes who responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Montana State Firemen’s Association is an independent organization that represents more than 600 firefighters across the state. It has a reputation in electoral circles for the might of its grassroots volunteers.