It has been announced that Jon Tester has been named Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. This means that he will be in charge of a major pot of national loot, money that is biennially doled out to democratic candidates for US Senate. This assignment will serve Tester well especially if he has an interest in leadership or bigger or better committee assignments in the Senate down the road.
Whether it will serve him well at home is another question. Indirectly it could certainly help Montana if it means that Tester get’s more influence within the Senate. This could mean more bacon being brought home to Montana. But of course, the assignment allows the GOP to claim Tester is a “DC Insider.” Fortunately by the time 2018 rolls around Tester probably won’t even still be holding the DSCC post any more, since it rotates every two years.
As for those who work in and around politics in Montana, based on some of the chatter today I feel I should point out that the big dough that Tester gets to raise will probably not find its way into the democratic party until the 2018 Senate race is afoot. So I’m afraid there will be no immediate windfall for party workers.
The more interesting part of this news is the fact that Tester has been outspoken in his opposition to Big Money in politics, and is even sponsoring a Constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. He spoke about it at Harvard Law last week. To reconcile these two endeavors–fighting against big money, while having to raise it like crazy–will require some nimble positioning to say the least. It can be done, but it won’t be easy.
Overall, however, the Cowgirl blog endorses this move as a good one for Tester, and he gets best wishes on his new gig.