Former Navy officer, teacher enters race to unseat GOP senator in Montana
Montana Democrat John Mues officially launched his Senate campaign Thursday to unseat one-term Sen. Steve Daines (R).
Mues, a fourth generation Montanan, is a former U.S. Navy officer and public school teacher and currently works as an engineer in the energy sector. He hammered Daines over his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and support for President Trump’s tax cuts.
“Senator Daines’ position and votes on American health care has not only been immoral, it’s been anti-jobs and anti-business. Reliable, affordable health care, including lowering the price of prescription drugs, in the twenty-first century, is both the right thing to do and important to job creation,” Mues said in a press release.
“Senator Daines has bent over backwards, shamelessly, to vote for deficit and debt-exploding tax breaks for his major wealthy donors,” Mues added. “It’s important that Montanans hear the unvarnished truth about Senator Daines, from someone who is not a politician and has served his country.” ...
“Our elected officials must offer more than photo ops and lip service to warriors and their families. This means real investments in mental and physical care, civilian career training, organizational accountability, and innovative community outreach,” he said.
Mues is the second Democrat to challenge Daines this cycle, joining Helena, Mont., Mayor Wilmot Collins, a Liberian refugee and the first black man to win election as mayor of a city in Montana, who launched his Senate bid in May.
The Democratic establishment had hoped to woo Gov. Steve Bullock (D) into jumping into the race, but he instead opted to run for president. He has insisted he won’t run against Daines even if his long shot White House bid fizzles out prior to the Senate filing deadline.
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Mues sounds like he's hitting on winning issues and those that should concern Montanans. But he is a long shot. Montana is pretty much the definition of "rural," and Demos don't do well in Federal elections in rural areas.