Montana State Firemen’s Association Endorses Tester for U.S. Senate

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.

Firefighters were key to Tester’s win against Republican incumbent Senator Conrad Burns in 2006.

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.


13 Comments on "Montana State Firemen’s Association Endorses Tester for U.S. Senate"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | July 15, 2011 1:36 PM at 1:36 PM |

    Holy crap! I see unemployment in Dopey Reeburp’s future. For ONCE in his pathetic, privileged existenc, Dopey’s gonna have to get a job, a REAL job!… a lobbyist with Taser Co. like judy mars did. I mean, is there REALLY anything else that Dopey is qualified to do???

  2. Did you guys see Tester beat Rehberg in quarter’s fundraising?

    Tester $1.1 million raised_ cash on hand $1.2

    Rehberg $580k raised __$900 cash on hand

    So Tester has a $500k advantage as is

  3. That endorsement should carry the day for farmer Jon, if he actually has to run against Dangerous Denny McGoon.

  4. Thanks firefighters, my grandpa was a volunteer and I’ve got family in fireman’s union, and they’re under assault from the Tea Party pawns like Scott Walker and ilk, doing KOCH/Tea Party bidding….watch out for ALEC, sponsored by the Kochs and others. ALEC writes boilerplate legislature for many states and it’s all anti-middle class, anti-union, anti-voting rights, etc.. I suggest ‘google’ ALEC EXPOSED, some great articles on this secrettive group that brough us the 1997 De-REG DISASTER.

  5. The firefighters are among the best, most reliable volunteer groups out there. If you need someone to show up to put up signs, man phone banks, canvass, drop lit, firefighters are among the most dedicated for sure. I can’t think of a better volunteer team except other unions too. All unions are really–those rallies at the capitol? 90% union organized. This is a big score for any campaign.

  6. Tester is a master of making his campaigns about local matters rather than Washington D.C. and Fox News sound bites. Smart money says he’ll be able to do this again this year.

  7. The blog A Chicken is Not Pillage has a good post on the topic of union activism-I am on my droid so I don’t have the link but it is the first post listed and you can google it.

  8. I think all successful politicians make their focus local rather than national DC issues. People have a natural aversion to Washington DC and polls show it through items like “how you things are generally going in MT right direction/wrong direction vs in the nation right diection/wrong direction” still you see some politicians trying to run against dc even though they’ll have no say it it-Rick Hill comes to mind.

  9. Please omit the word you from y statement above. Wish this blog had editable comments

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