Montana Senate 2012: The Senatorial Campaign Committees

On Friday afternoon U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s campaign team sent a follow-up e-mail asking for $10 from 1000 people. Tester had previously sent an e-mail asking for donations on January 19.

It appears the Senator’s request for donations fell short and he’s worried that out-of-state money will define the Montana U.S. Senate race. He wrote:

With the national GOP already plotting to bring their shady tactics and special interest money into our state, it’s time for us to show them just what kind of fight they’re in for.

In my humble opinion, Jon Tester has the market cornered on shady campaign tactics.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) picked up on the fact that Tester could not get 1000 people to donate $10 and his crying about out-of-state money influencing the race. The NRSC brought up the fact that Moveon.org has donated “over $62,000” to Jon Tester. They issued a press release late Friday afternoon called, FACT CHECK: Senator Tester’s Special Interest Hypocrisy.

The folks in the Tester camp must have been cheering that the NRSC decided late Friday afternoon to send out a press release about him as hardly anyone would see it. Maybe the NRSC had a quota to make before they closed down for the weekend, so they decided to devote just a few minutes to Montana.

The NRSC and their counterpart, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), will be the “mother’s milk” for this U.S. Senate race. For those readers who don’t follow politics as closely as I, the NRSC and DSCC are organizations responsible for electing U.S. Senators.

As for a little history, the NRSC is part of the reason why Jon Tester is a U.S. Senator today and the reason why the Democrats took control of the U.S. Senate. In 2006, the “Gods of NRSC” decided to pull funding from the Conrad Burns race for a few weeks that enabled Tester to gain momentum. Tester ultimately squeaked by at the end winning by just 3562 votes. The silly commercials funded by the NRSC did not help Burns either.

For those folks hoping that Jon Tester is a one and done U.S. Senator, they also must hope that the NRSC has someone other than an intern making the calls for funding, commercials, and directing campaign resources into Montana. Having someone who cares and knows something about Montana politics would be a big plus, too.

With 23 Democratic Senate seats (including the two independents) and 10 GOP seats coming up for election in 2012, Montana may get lost in the big picture at the NRSC. That would be something that team Tester would like and that the Montana GOP should not allow to happen.