President Trump Endorses Tim Sheehy for U.S. Senate

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Lewistown News: Senate candidate Sheehy campaigns in Columbus

02.29.24 |


Tim Sheehy came through Columbus on Tuesday, Feb. 27, where he visited with a large gathering of Stillwater County residents at Uncle Sam’s Eatery. Before sharing a bit about himself for 20 minutes, the frontrunner for Montana’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate shook hands and visited with each table, listening to the concerns of his constituents.

There was a lot of excitement for Sheehy at the small local restaurant and coffee klatch, as many in attendance shared their support for who they believe has a good shot to become Montana’s next Senator. On Feb. 9, Sheehy received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, a validation that inspired Congressman Matt Rosendale to withdraw from the Senate race.

The ex-Navy Seal and aerial firefighter from rural Minnesota kicked off his talk with an ice-breaker, joking about his last name (pronounced “she-he”), saying “those are also his pronouns.”

“I’ve been a he/she since 1985, so way before it was cool to have both pronouns, I was there,” he joked.

Sheehy said it’s always been his dream to come to Montana. It was where he trained before he went to Afghanistan, doing high-angle parachuting, sniper work, rope rescue and swift water rescue. His wife, Carmen –a Marine Corps Officer — joined him on one of these trips and they decided this is where’d they live once they got out of the military. Now they are here homeschooling four children, ages four, six, eight and 10.

It was always Sheehy’s plan to do 20 years in the military, but after deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, South America and the Pacific region, Sheehy had sustained several injuries during engagements with enemy forces, earning him multiple combat decorations. Following his time in the military, Sheehy and his wife started living their Montana dream, ranching and operating a business — Bridger Aerospace — that specializes in aerial firefighting.

Bridger Aerospace has created about 400 jobs from scratch in the last nine years, Sheehy said, and is one of the largest veteran employers in the state. The mission is important, he said, as it’s helping fight fires all the way from Nova Scotia to British Columbus to Texas, supplying water bombers and surveillance aircrafts for firefighters (all aircrafts Sheehy flies) but there’s another mission Sheehy is locked in on: defeating three-term incumbent Jon Tester, the only Democrat holding a statewide office in Montana.

Sheehy said the decision to run was cemented in the fall of 2021, when he was flying water bombers in California by day and was on the phone at night “trying to get American interpreters and commandos out of Afghanistan ‘before they got their heads cut off, before their families were murdered in front of them.”

“[President] Joe Biden was pulling us out of that country in a shameful, disgraceful manner,” he said. “Nobody thinks we should have been there forever, but we hadn’t lost a trooper in combat in Afghanistan in a year and a half — and we lost 13 at Abbey Gate that day [Aug. 26, in a suicide bombing].”

“As we were trying to get people out, the Biden administration tried to stop us at every turn,” Sheehy said. “My network got about 200 people out, but a lot were still left behind…but how the Biden administration behaved during this disaster…that, for me, was the first time I was ashamed to be an American.”

Sheehy has a lot of political experience, but he’s new to politics. But Sheehy said that’s not a bad thing.

“I’ve been criticized on the right and the left, with people saying ‘this guy has never held an elected office, what qualifies him to be a politician?’ I say, well, the fact that I’ve never held office is actually a great qualification,” he said. “Based on what I’ve seen in D.C., we don’t need more of the same — we need some fresh blood.”

Beyond that, Sheehy said we need “warriors,” and he wants to be a warrior for Montana. He has many goals, but first and foremost, what he wants to do is bring America back to the ideals the country was founded on, the ideals he fought for. Right now he’s concerned with what he’s seeing. He’s concerned with the national dialogue. Generations of Americans, he said, worked hard to make America great: “individual rights, individual responsibility and the right of the individual for self-determination.”

But what we’re seeing now, Sheehy said, is “a systematic destruction of that…that’s how you divide a nation. That’s how you destroy a society.”

This disturbing systematic destruction, Sheehy said, is impacting the Southern border (“we’re doing nothing to protect the people on our Southern border. I’ve never seen it like it is now”), education (“[schools] aren’t teaching kids how to think but what think”) and the country’s financial picture (“we need to return our nation to fiscal responsibility, and if the lawmakers can’t balance the budget, they should not get paid”) and the military (“if we’re going to spend money on someone else’s military, we better damn well make sure our military is ready to go and our border is secure”).

Sheehy said he can’t sit idly by and watch this happen because “our children are going to inherit this disaster if we don’t fix it.”

“Our nation is at a crossroads, and we have to act now and have to act soon if we’re going to save it,” he said.

There are a lot of national issues right now, and Sheehy addressed many of them, but he also celebrated those in local politics, saying “the most effective form of government is the closest, smallest and most local form of government. Mayor Webb Mandeville and Sheriff Chip Kem seemed to appreciate the accolades.

Sheehy thanked everyone for coming, and for their support. Ultimately, Sheehy said, he’s running “for the people,” and that’s why he’s out on the campaign trail shaking hands and listening to the people of the state he holds dear. When he stops at a place like Uncle Sam’s, it’s restorative, and hopeful. After all, he said, Americans want pretty much the same thing: to bring the country back together “common sense, cheap gas, safe streets, good schools, boys are boys, girls are girls.”

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