It is not particularly newsworthy for a sitting Republican Senator to endorse a fellow Republican’s run for office.
It is newsworthy when the candidate has openly called for religious litmus tests for elected office.
Our very own Senator Steve Daines did just that this week. Daines endorsed bigot Roy Moore in his quest to become a Senator from Alabama.
The fine folks over at the Montana Post have a great write-up of just how terrible of a human-being Roy Moore is. You can read the whole thing here.
This choice quote caught my eye:
Moore is a xenophobe who believes in imposing an unconstitutional religious test on those seeking office
This caught my eye because just last week an e-mail from Senator Daines came galloping into my inbox on a high-horse with the return address from his Ivory Tower.
The subject line read: Religious Tests.
Senator Daines wrote, “The Founders explicitly said that religious tests are not part of holding official office. Not that federal office holders cannot be religious, but that a faith test could not be applied to them. It’s written in the Consitution.”
Thanks for the history lesson Steve! But why did Daines turn around and endorse a candidate for Senate who openly calls for a religious test? Could it be that Daines is full of it? That he thinks the Constitution only applies to fundamentalist Christians like himself?
Or could it just be that time and time again the GOP in DC asks Senator Daines to jump and he says “how high?” I’ve come to expect hypocrisy from Senator Daines, but at least try and hide it man. Don’t send an e-mail to your constituents on a Friday and go against your words on a Tuesday. At least have the dignity to wait a week or two before contradicting yourself!
It’s not news that Steve Daines wants to see a bigot in the US Senate, it’s news that he professes to stand for religious liberty while supporting candidates that undermine it.