Senator Tester must be having a bit of amnesia after a long night at his $1,000,000 Washington, D.C. “castle.” Last night in an interview with National Journal, Senator Tester gave effusive praise for Senate Democrats’ leader, Chuck Schumer, saying Schumer “never” pressured him on a vote.
What a joke.
Senator Tester must have forgotten about his and Schumer’s lavish $15,000 vacation to Cancun together or the fact that Tester votes with Schumer at least 89% of the time. He also must have forgotten that Schumer has donated $35,000 to Tester’s campaign or the minimum $1.4 million Schumer’s super PACs have already spent this year propping up Tester’s re-election bid.
But maybe he’s right. After so many years of sucking up to Democratic leadership and Washington special interests… maybe Schumer doesn’t even need to pressure Tester to vote like a liberal anymore.
“Senator Tester should cut the crap and come clean about his record of sucking up to Washington liberals like Chuck Schumer,” said NRSC Spokesman Calvin Moore. “Tester’s long-forgotten his Montana values and preferred instead to get cozy in the swamp. Montana voters will see through his phony act and vote him out this November.”
Tester Votes With Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) At Least 89 Percent Of The Time. (Sen. Jon Tester, CQ Vote Studies, Accessed 3/5/18)
Since 2006, Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) IMPACT PAC Has Donated $35,000 To Tester’s Senate Campaign. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 7/13/17; Federal Election Commission, Filed 4/14/17, Pg. 871)
In February 2016, Senator Tester went on a lavish $15,000 vacation to Cancun with Senator Schumer and Senator McCaskill. “Sen. Claire McCaskill paid more than $15,000 for two other Senate Democrats and their wives to join her family in Cancun for a swanky winter vacation last year, according to recently filed financial disclosure forms. The Missouri Democrat invited Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., and their respective spouses on the four-day trip to Mexico — paying for their airfare, hotel rooms and food, according to disclosure forms filed earlier this month by Schumer and Tester.” (Deirdre Shesgreen, “Claire McCaskill Took Two Senate Friends On Pricey Cancun Trip,” USA Today, 5/30/27)
Tester Spent Election Night 2016 With Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) And Harry Reid (D-NV). “For the past two years, he’s raised money for his party brethren as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He spent election night watching returns with Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Harry M. Reid.” (Ben Terris, “Jon Tester Could Teach Democrats A Lot About Rural America — If He Can Keep His Senate Seat,” The Washington Post, 5/2/17)
SuperPACs aligned with Senator Tester have spent a minimum of $1.4 million supporting Tester since January 1, 2017. (Ad Tracking, last accessed 6/14/18)