Anyone who thinks Steve Daines is not making himself available lately has clearly not been paying attention. For $3,000, anyone, especially corporate lobbyists from out of state, can hobnob with Daines and Marco Rubio on the slopes at Big Sky Ski Resort later in March. Here is the invite:
While I am sure that a fun time will be had by all, I’d say this isn’t a great time for either Daines or Rubio to be donning their one-piece powder suits and taking runs with wealthy donors for $3,000 a pop at a posh resort. In real Montana, Daines has gone dark, into hiding. He is no longer appearing at public events and will not hold town halls except by phone. It’s a shocking departure from historical custom in Montana where access to politicians is expected and doors are always open. This is all because he struggles to answer basic questions on topics such as healthcare and Trump.
Rubio, like Daines, has also been ducking the press and public in Florida and will not appear before any crowds who lack the money to fly to a ski resort to see him, but who want to hear him answer questions about what’s going on in Washington. So I doubt this jaunt to the slopes will do Rubio any favors in his home state.
As to the details and timing of the fundraiser, while it’s a sad truth that all politicians must raise lots of money as part of the job, I’d say brazen, inappropriate and tone-deaf might all work as adjectives here, when you consider that Daines isn’t even up for re-election until 2020 and Rubio until 2022. Optics might have dictated a postponement of such a fundraiser at a time when these two gentleman, like other GOP Senators, are refusing to interact with citizens.
And with Democrats energized in Montana and itching for protests, might we suppose that this “Weekend in the Montana Mountains,” as it is described on the invite, could see one or two uninvited guests outside the gates?