As next debate nears, Tester focuses on jobs

New TV spot focuses on Montana farmer’s popular legislation

GREAT FALLS, ont. – As Montana farmer Jon Tester visits communities across the Treasure State before Sunday’s debate in Kalispell, his U.S. Senate campaign is highlighting his bipartisan work creating Montana jobs.

Montanans for Tester has launched a new statewide TV spot holding Congressman Dennis Rehberg accountable for standing in the way of Tester’s popular Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.


The 30-second ad features Wayne Hirst, a Republican from the hard-hit town of Libby, praising Tester for the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and his ability to bring Montanans together to create jobs.

“[Jon Tester] brought people together, worked with all sides, and got a compromise,” Hirst says in the ad.  “That’s the Montana way.”

Hirst slams lobbyist-turned-Congressman Dennis Rehberg for preventing a vote on the Forest Jobs and Recreation Acta visionary plan that creates jobs through mandated logging and permanent recreation areas, while safeguarding Montana’s best hunting and fishing areas.

“Congressman Dennis Rehberg killed it,” Hirst says.  “He put politics ahead of jobs.  He’s been back there way too long. Libby is paying the price.”

Rehberg last year admitted he “worked to keep” Tester’s legislation from getting a vote in Congress because of political reasons and was roundly criticized for personally killing guaranteed jobs.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, a recent non-partisan poll shows Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act enjoys the support of 72 percent of Montanans.

The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce also supports the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.

Sunday’s debate between Tester, Rehberg and Libertarian Dan Cox will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in Kalispell.

Documentation of the new Montanans for Tester TV ad, called “Libby” is online HERE.

TRANSCRIPT:

JON TESTER: I’m Jon Tester and I approve this message.

WAYNE HIRST: We’ve been through a lot here in Libby, Montana. Most of the jobs are gone. Then Jon Tester came along and wanted to bring back logging jobs. He brought people together, worked with all sides, and got a compromise. That’s the Montana way. His Forest Jobs Act would’ve been a real boost for our economy. Congressman Dennis Rehberg killed it. He put politics ahead of jobs.  He’s been back there way too long. Libby is paying the price.

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