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ICYMI: Jon Tester Failed to Fully Follow Through on Ethics Pledge at Center of 2006 Campaign

09.18.23 |

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In case you missed it, Democrat career politician Jon Tester failed to keep promises made in a 2006 ethics pledge used as a keystone of his first campaign for U.S. Senate.

In response, former Navy SEAL, aerial firefighter, and conservative candidate for U.S. Senate Tim Sheehy said: “After nearly a quarter-century-long career in politics, Jon Tester, who was the number-one recipient of lobbyist cash, is failing Montanans with promises made, promises broken leadership. We all know a career politician’s word isn’t worth much, and Jon Tester will say anything to get your vote before turning his back on you in Washington. Montanans deserve better.”

During his first run for U.S. Senate in 2006, career politician Jon Tester vowed to “live by stricter rules,” and made promises to Montanans in an ethics pledge, which he failed to keep. 

Tester broke his promise to, “end secret meetings with lobbyists.” 

“But a review of archived versions of Tester’s Senate website shows that while he did post his own meetings, no staff meetings were ever posted – which an expert noted would leave out most of the crucial work being done on legislation by special interest groups.” (Abby Turner, Andrew Kaczynski, “Jon Tester failed to fully follow through on ethics pledge at center of 2006 campaign,” CNN, 9/13/23)

Tester broke his promise to “work to require all lobbyists to declare on a publicly available website, on a weekly basis, every meeting they have with a member’s office.” 

“But a review of the legislation Tester sponsored or co-sponsored found no such requirements were ever introduced.” (Abby Turner, Andrew Kaczynski, “Jon Tester failed to fully follow through on ethics pledge at center of 2006 campaign,” CNN, 9/13/23)

Tester broke his promise to “post a list of every in-office meeting that I or my staff has had with a lobbyist” at the end of every business day.

“Though Tester initially pledged to post his schedule every day, a CNN review found the schedule was posted sporadically – sometimes with weekly or monthly updates instead of daily. In 2021, Fox News reported there was a nearly three-month gap when Tester’s schedule was not posted, which his office said was due to staff error.” (Abby Turner, Andrew Kaczynski, “Jon Tester failed to fully follow through on ethics pledge at center of 2006 campaign,” CNN, 9/13/23)

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About Tim Sheehy:

Tim Sheehy completed several deployments and hundreds of missions as a Navy SEAL Officer and Team Leader, deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, and the Pacific region. Sheehy was involved in dozens of engagements with enemy forces, earning him multiple combat decorations, including the Bronze Star with Valor for Heroism in Combat and the Purple Heart Medal. 

After being wounded in combat, Sheehy founded Bridger Aerospace in 2014 in his barn with all his savings and an all-veteran team. He led the growth of Bridger Aerospace and its sister company, Ascent Vision Technologies, and took Bridger Aerospace public on the NASDAQ in 2023. Today, Bridger Aerospace is a major Montana employer having created over 200 Montana jobs and is one of only a few publicly traded companies in Montana. Tim also owns Little Belt Cattle Company which provides vertically integrated beef production through its Certified Montana Beef program, giving Montana ranchers more local alternatives to the big four meat packers. 

In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Bridger, Sheehy is an active firefighting pilot and has completed hundreds of firefighting missions across the American west, protecting our communities from devastation as a pilot of the CL415EAF Water Bomber. 

Sheehy and his wife Carmen have four children. Carmen is also a veteran, serving as a US Marine in Afghanistan.

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