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Did Dems Pick a Senate Candidate Way Too Liberal for Montana?

Name recognition and campaign cash also issues for woman replacing Walsh on the ballot.

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Rod Kackley

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August 25, 2014 - 9:31 pm
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Amanda Curtis will be running for Senate in Montana as a Sen. Elizabeth Warren-style, progressive Democrat who says the race is not about Democrats versus Republicans.

Curtis believes the race that could help decide which party controls the Senate is about “millionaires versus the middle class.”

“This is the fundamental difference between Steve Daines and me. He seems like a nice guy with a wonderful family but I am pretty sure he doesn’t understand what life is like for most of us,” Curtis said in her nomination acceptance speech.

“America is breaking its promises,” Curtis said. “The cost of college is going through the roof. You can’t work your way through college these days so you take out loans, more every year, and the interest rates are going up and up and up.”

Montana Democrats chose Curtis to replace Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) in the race against Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) after failing to convince former Gov. Brian Schweitzer or actor Jeff Bridges to run for Senate. Bridges told Sirius XM shock jock Howard Stern his wife wouldn’t let him run. Schweitzer posted a Facebook message that said pretty much the same thing, noting that he had better things to do.

Walsh dropped out of the race Aug. 7 because of a plagiarism scandal involving his U.S. Army War College master’s thesis.

Schweitzer endorsed Curtis after her nomination and promised to campaign for her. But some of his Facebook followers were less than enthusiastic.

One wrote: “I like you Gov Brian Schweitzer…but Amanda Curtis is a leftist nutjob. Her attacks on the Bible and the family are inexcusable. Any good Democrat would know that her San Francisco values do not play in Montana. I will not be voting for her.”

Another of Schweitzer’s Facebook followers wrote the most important question of the campaign: “Who is Amanda Curtis?”

Democrats don’t have a “big name” with star power.

But they do have a union-card-carrying high school math teacher who loves to hunt, fish, ride ATVs, dirt bikes and mountain bikes – everything expected of a woman who lives in Big Sky Country.

Curtis picked up the endorsement of the Montana AFL-CIO two days before the special nominating convention.

Al Ekblad, executive secretary for the state chapter, said its board unanimously endorsed the 34-year-old Curtis because she is a union member and can attract female and young voters.

“I’m going to be telling people this candidate appeals to young voters, she appeals to women, she’s charismatic,” he said. “And she carries a union card.”

Curtis also has some political experience after serving nearly a full term in the Montana State Legislature.

But that’s about it.

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"“The cost of college is going through the roof."

Excuse me, but aren't the vast, VAST majority of colleges run by liberals? And yet we're supposed to believe it's the fault of the Republicans that tuitions are so high?

"Al Ekblad, executive secretary for the state chapter, said its board unanimously endorsed the 34-year-old Curtis because she is a union member and can attract female and young voters."

But, Al... is she qualified? "Aw who cares. She can attract women & the young. THAT'S what's important."
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" “The cost of college is going through the roof. "

Yes, thanks to liberals.


Get the fed.gov out of the college business and you'll see those costs start falling like ratings on MSNBC.


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"Curtis paid her election filing fee out of her pocket to state officials after winning the nomination..."

She didn't win it. It was given to her, because no one else wanted it. This is a vanity project for her, a kind of "political campaign fantasy camp" whose cost of admission is the filing fee.
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Go to YouTube. Punch in "Meet Amanda Curtis." Roll clip.

Then pick your jaw back up.

Sarah Silverman must have a younger sister...who abused steroids in the past (crazy and mannish-looking).
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She sounds as qualified as Obama to be President. This is a nightmare.
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"“The cost of college is going through the roof."

Excuse me, but aren't the vast, VAST majority of colleges run by liberals? And yet we're supposed to believe it's the fault of the Republicans that tuitions are so high?

"Al Ekblad, executive secretary for the state chapter, said its board unanimously endorsed the 34-year-old Curtis because she is a union member and can attract female and young voters."

But, Al... is she qualified? "Aw who cares. She can attract women & the young. THAT'S what's important."
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Many of us in the state believe that Ms. Curtis accepted the job in order to build her position for a later political run. The disarray of the Dem senate campaign this year is staggering.
Also heart-warming, at least to me.
Ms. Curtis has the right credentials for some communities in Montana -- Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, maybe Great Falls. Although Billings is the largest city in the state, it is much less blue than the cities in the West.
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Well, maybe repeated runs for political office must eventually meet with success, but I don't think that's an inevitability.

Then again, as a publik skool teacher and proud union maven she might be able to get a de facto permanent leave of absence with full pay. After a while, like Wendy Davis, or Sandra Fluck she might be able to boost her name recognition sufficiently to wrangle a permanent, comfortable sinecure in leftist/activist pollytics.
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Daines is from Bozeman and he has a huge lead there - same up here in the Flathead. She could lose Helena and Great Falls too.

Butte (Silver Bow), Missoula are hopeless. The Dems could run Dracula and he'd win in these two places.
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I just got back from a camping trip to the Land of My (mother's) People. I'm sure Ms. Curtis enjoys kicking back in Helena's Last Chance hipster Gulch after a busy day making Big Sky Country safe for gay marriage. I'm surprised she hasn't set up her campaign office in Helena's 90% dead Capital Hill Mall next to the dog training lady. Even she could afford that space.

But the more you see of her on YouTube at least, the more disconcerting those mannish features and maniacal manner. You would have thought the MT Dems would have at least tested her by tossing her into the wastewater of Butte's infamous Berkeley Copper Pit or Great Falls' Giant Spring and see if she floated?

Oh well, if worst comes to worst she can always retire from politics and set up a Wiccan crystal gift shop in the ski/resort town of Whitefish.
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Surprisingly attractive, but she can't be too smart...she's a Democrat.

As all good things start with good economics and Democrat economics only works if you're a member of Congress or you aren't human (John Hayward), isn't saying that Daines doesn't understand what's going on with the Middle or Lower Classes because he's rich, kinda like Sonya Sotomayor's comment, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.”? Any cognizant, intellect can figure anything out, even if he hasn't walked in those shoes...he just has to be able to read, know what to read and talk to real experts. Your comment Ms. Curtis, is just a little offensive, yep, just a little offensive. Anyone who's been paying attention to the U.S. economy and possesses just a bit of common sense and critical thinking ability knows that repeating the failed policies of the 1930's and continuing to embrace LBJ's social planning and failure after failure in foreign policy and national security issues (the Democrat Party agenda), is just a little out of whack. Will Massachusetts really play in Montana? If it does, just because of a pretty face, the people of Montana get what they deserve. The rest of us will suffer too, especially if the GOP fails to take the Senate, because her vote will affect everyone...that's the sad thing...and all for a pretty face. Wake up Montana, wake up America!
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"Attractive?!?"

Only superficially, the more I look at her, the creepier and ickier her mannish features become. Seriously, dude. It's plain from her collected YouTube clips what her pet issue is. I'm just wondering when we get to meet her "partner."
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Doesn't matter. The Donbks have no hope there. Not a snowball's chance in 'ell. So this is sort of a preseason game for them. Let a fresh young candidate get her toes wet.
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UGOism comes to the US.
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It's refreshing to see a Dem declaring their ideas with selfie vids.
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" “The cost of college is going through the roof. "

Yes, thanks to liberals.


Get the fed.gov out of the college business and you'll see those costs start falling like ratings on MSNBC.


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Colleges and universities could cut costs by getting rid of useless departments, such as ethnic studies, women's studies and the like that leave their graduates I'll-prepared for anything other than running a cash register or collecting welfare.
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"Curtis paid her election filing fee out of her pocket to state officials after winning the nomination..."

She didn't win it. It was given to her, because no one else wanted it. This is a vanity project for her, a kind of "political campaign fantasy camp" whose cost of admission is the filing fee.
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