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January 28, 2007

A First Look at Tester in the Senate

Like many of us, I had the strongest sense that it would be the last two of our newly elected Senators, Jon Tester and James Webb, whom we'd be most thrilled to have representing us and taking leadership in the Senate.  They were both, after all, ours.  They were netroots candidates through and through.  And, to top it off, they were both elected by the smallest margins.  Luck fell our way, not just because, with their election, we took the Senate but also because we knew these two would be special.

And they are.

We've seen a bit more of Webb as Senator and he has not disappointed. He has had clarity and boldness and has a great ability to articulate our position vis a vis both Iraq and economic fairness.  He has been readying himself for this role his entire life. 

But Tester has taken the lead in another direction.  Tester is honoring a pledge he made early in his campaign, a pledge to be serve in a manner that allowed transparency about what he does for the people he serves.   Tester's staff posts his entire schedule online each day the Senate is in session.  He is the first Senator to do so.

According to a Tester office spokesperson, on CNN:

The Senator's schedule reflects meetings with visiting Montanans, committee colleagues, as well as the occasional lobbyist. The information "gives people an opportunity to see with whom [Tester] is meeting, and if they represent the opposite point of view, they can also request a meeting."

Did we get lucky or what? 

Posted by Lynn Allen on January 28, 2007 at 10:15 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


I like Tester already. Hopefully, he'll keep up the practice of posting his schedule and start a trend.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Jan 29, 2007 9:01:51 AM

Yes. And it sounds like it might be just one of several ways that he can show other Congresscritters that transparency is cool. Thanks to him for doing it.

Posted by: Lynn | Jan 29, 2007 8:25:35 PM

Best thing then Sliced Bread to see Conrad Burns out of office. John, give up your ranching on the Big Sandy your going to be a Congressman for quite a spell and I capitilize CONGRESSMAN

Will Gates (USN Korea)
Spokane, Wa

Posted by: Will Gates | Jan 31, 2007 10:56:43 AM

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