If you weren’t paying attention much to the news over this nice, beautiful, long 4th of July weekend you might have missed the latest act of cowardice by Montana’s junior Senator.
Running one of the oldest political plays in the book Daines tried to disguise his cowardice as statesmanship.
Daines called for Congress to cancel its August recess.
While this seems like run-of-the-mill political posturing the context is very important.
The Senate is considering a health care plan that will impact thousands of Montanans. This bill was crafted in secret and Daines has been wishy-washy on if he was part of the process or not.
One thing we know for sure though: Steve Daines is afraid to face his constituents right now.
For nearly six years Daines and the MT GOP have screamed “repeal and replace” but haven’t answered the follow-up of “replace with what?”
And now that the GOP has revealed their master plan and it will leave thousands of Montanans and millions of Americans without coverage, Daines is nowhere to be found.
Since January when President Trump was sworn in, Daines has held ZERO town hall meetings in Montana.
Nada. Zippo. Zilch. A goose egg. Steve Daines has shutout the people he was elected to serve.
As our Senator, Daines has been phoning it in for a while now, literally. He’s abandoned the eye-to-eye meeting in favor of “tele town halls.” Daines hosts these events, pre-screens the questions, and I can only assume reads from talking points drafted by Mitch McConnell.
So it is not a surprise to see that is advocating for the cancellation of the August recess. Daines doesn’t want to be in Montana because he might accidentally run into some Montanans.
He’d rather spend the month of August in his DC office, away from his constituents.
The thing is, we’re really not asking that much. All we want is an audience with one of the people we send to Washington to advocate for our interests.
It’s not difficult for special interests and deep-pocketed donors to jet off to DC and look Daines in the eye and ask him to support this big tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of the poorest of the poors’ health care.
But for the wheelchair bound 35-year-old on Medicaid, working two jobs, and able to afford to see a doctor for the first time in their life, they might not be able to make it to the fancy fundraisers or lobbyist soirées .
Daines doesn’t need to commission a modern day Lewis and Clark to come and find out what Montana thinks about the Senate’s health care bill. He needs to come and visit with his constituents.
I think August is a perfect time for that.