For the first time in months, Steve Daines dared to show his face in Montana. Daines advertised his meetings as “Meet with local officials, community leaders and constituents” at some local breweries. But things did not go as planned for Daines, or rather they went too well. Daines managed to host his meetings way ahead of schedule ensuring anyone who wasn’t in on the gambit would not be able to speak with the junior senator.
As Montana Public Radio reported:
Daines office issued a press release Tuesday saying the senator would appear at Missoula’s Big Sky Brewing Wednesday to discuss how last year’s tax reform legislation has benefited the business. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., but the senator was out the back door before the start time.
How convenient! It seems like in between touring breweries Daines cannot find the time to meet with his constituents. This dereliction of duty is familiar to most Montanans but to be so bold as to schedule fake events and try to get credit for it is a new low for the anchor of political courage that is Steve Daines.
Yellowstone Public Radio was able to ask Daines directly about his lack of intestinal fortitude, political cowardice, or just fear of meeting with a non-hand picked, pre-screened group of Montanans (his bosses).
And here is what Daines had to say for himself:
The town hall that you hear about is, we, are coming primarily with some of the resistance movements, frankly from the pretty far left folks in the state that’s who is making the loudest noise.
As a Senator, it is Daines’ duty to hear from and represent ALL Montanans. As a public servant you do not get to pick and choose which constituents you represent. Have the courage and ability to still respect the people who may disagree with you. As a Montanan who has never voted for Steve Daines–also never seen him host an in person town hall–he is still our senator. And he still owes us an audience.
Below are the next scheduled congressional recesses–maybe Senator Daines can use that time to hold a town hall instead of drinking beer. Heck, if he wants to have a town hall at a bar I am sure Montanans will welcome a cold Stout and a stout discussion of the issues facing our state. It is the least he can do, we are paying him $174,000 that can buy a lot of Milk Stouts at the Blackfoot.
March 24–April 8
April 28–May 6
May 26–June 3
June 30–July 8
August (yeah he’s got a whole month to do this)
Come on Senator Daines, at least buy us a beer.