MT-Sen: “Steve Daines won’t meet with constituents, but keeps taking taxpayer-funded trips to China”

From Salon:

A leading Democratic group accused Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., of hypocrisy for campaign ads touting Daines as tough on China after he repeatedly met with Chinese Communist Party officials on trips paid for by taxpayers — while avoiding town halls with his constituents back home.

Daines, who holds a narrow lead over Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in what looks to be a tight Senate race, has launched a new ad criticizing China over the coronavirus pandemic and vowing to “break our reliance on China” to help constituents back home in Montana.

But Daines' Democratic critics say he has spent a lot more time cozying up to Chinese leaders since taking office than his own state's residents.

Daines reported spending at least $67,283 on 10 congressional delegations overseas between 2015 and 2019, according to a review of his foreign travel financial reports. He visited China on at least five of those trips between April 2016 and September 2019.

Meanwhile, Governor Steve Bullock (D. MT) picked up two major endorsements for his U.S. Senate campaign. First:

The Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board announced its endorsement of Governor Steve Bullock as the best candidate for the U.S. Senate to stand up for First Montanans’ interests in Washington.

Governor Bullock has been a stalwart ally of Native Montanans, and his nation-to-nation work in consultation with the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, tribal leaders, and Native legislators across Montana helped deliver affordable healthcare to thousands of Native Montanans, preserve and celebrate Native cultures, boost small businesses on the FortPeck Indian reservation, and address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) epidemic.

“Governor Bullock has always been a strong partner and friend of the Fort Peck tribal community, and of Native Montanans across the state,” said Floyd Azure, Chairman of the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board. “We know that Governor Bullock’s long record of working with tribal leaders across Montana to deliver results for Indian Country will continue when he reaches the Senate. With Governor Bullock in Washington, we’ll never have to worry whether Native Montanans will have a seat at the table on issues that affect us. The Tribal Executive Board of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Nations is proud to endorse Governor Bullock.”

Second:

The Chippewa Cree Business Committee of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation announced its endorsement of Governor Steve Bullock as the right candidate to represent the interests of Native Montanans in the U.S. Senate.

“Throughout his career in public service, Governor Bullock has stood with the tribal community at Rocky Boy and fought hard for the best interests of all Native Montanans,” said Harlan Baker, Chairman of the Chippewa Cree Business Committee. “We know that Governor Bullock’s proven history of working with tribal leaders across Montana to get things done for Indian Country will drive his work when he gets to Washington. Governor Bullock will bring real leadership to the Senate, and there is no doubt that the needs and priorities of the Chippewa Cree Tribe will be heard. The Chippewa Cree Business Committee is pleased to endorse Governor Bullock for U.S. Senate.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Chippewa Cree Business Committee,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “While we’ve made real steps towards finding solutions to systemic problems in Indian Country in Montana, Washington has too often ignored the needs of our Native communities. That needs to change, and I am going to work across the aisle to ensure that every Native Montanan has access to a well-paying job, a strong education and quality, accessible healthcare. I look forward to continuing this important work alongside Chairman Baker and the Chippewa Cree people.”

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