Two years ago, Montanans chose Steve Daines to be their sole representative in the U.S. House. On Nov. 4, they have the opportunity to capitalize on that decision by sending Daines to the U.S. Senate.
An odd set of circumstances turned 2014 into Daines’ year. Sen. Max Baucus announced his plan to retire in December 2013. Baucus left the Senate early to be the U.S. ambassador to China. His appointed successor, John Walsh, won the Democratic nomination, but flamed out in a plagiarism scandal. In mid-August, Montana Democrats nominated state Rep. Amanda Curtis of Butte.
Curtis is a refreshing candidate in a political season of deep discontent with Washington, D.C. But she isn’t ready to take on the U.S. Senate. In an interview with The Gazette editorial board, Curtis showed a good understanding of state issues, but was not well-versed on the national or international issues that the U.S. Senate will have to consider.
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