Although the Northeastern Montana laugh of the week was provided by the traveling gentleman who thanked the area hospital for their kind and compassionate assistance with his horrible binding case of constipation, Teresa and Robert Jensen (Reserve, MT) provided some competition. Their sugary-sweet love letter to recently defeated Montana state representative Julie French appeared in the Sheridan County News (Plentywood, MT) on November 11, 2010:
Thank you Rep Julie French for the dedicated and loyal service you have given the district the past four years in the State Legislature. During your years in Helena, you proved yourself to be a tireless dependable worker on behalf of your district.
Your legislative accomplishments are solid and you showed time and again that it was your constituents who counted, not the special interests.
I’m very proud of the clean campaign you ran. You talked about the issues that are relevant to our part of the state and you didn’t make any easy promises that will be impossible to keep. There were no false statements or slanted views. Your campaign was yours and yours alone. Your years of experience and knowledge will be a loss to the legislature, especially in dealing with BNSF.
I want to thank the voters of Sheridan County who rejected the well-funded campaign of fear and smear and voted for Julie. They deserve credit for standing up to the outsiders who made this one of the most disgusting election campaigns in my memory.
But I am disappointed that neither the Knudsen campaign nor the responsible republican leadership in Sheridan County did not publicly and visibly repudiate those tactics. It will be a blot on their reputation for a long time.
We need to get away from the kind of negativity that characterized this campaign. People need to work together to resolve the issues and challenges that face the state and the district. All our eyes now will be on your successor and we will be watching to see if he lives up to all of his promises.
Julie, while you may not be going back to Helena for the next term, I know your commitment to the people of House District 36 and to the common good of our communities will continue to find ways to express itself.
Again, thank you, Julie, for all your hard work on our behalf.
Teresa and Robert Jensen
Mainstream Montanans will certainly miss Julie’s voting record. In her time in office, she was able to make many new friends including unions, radical environmentalists, and many other oppressed minorities. She should be proud of her ‘D’ scores from Montana Shooting Sports Association, her anti-business scores of 21% and 32% from the Montana Chamber of Commerce, her score of 14% from the Montana Family Foundation, her 100% scores from radical environmentalist groups and her score of 85% from NARAL.
Businesses won’t miss her votes nor will those who work in the oil and gas industry, unborn babies, hunters and gun enthusiasts, stockgrowers, or those with family values. Apparently Teresa and Robert Jensen don’t believe those issues are relevant to their part of the state. District 36 is located in the northeastern corner of Montana where residents enjoy hunting and work primarily in the agriculture or oil industries.
According to her voting record, Julie French doesn’t feel Montana should require drivers license and professional examinations to be in English. She also was opposed to creating a searchable website database for taxpayers to learn about the state budget. Julie had no interest in defining a person either. Julie wasn’t all bad for Montana though, after all, there were 7 legislators who voted to spend more than she did (out of 100).
So best wishes to Austin Knudsen who apparently, with his vicious campaign well-funded by special interests, stole the election with his dirty tactics. That is what democrats say about all campaigns after they are beaten fair and square. It appears that District 36 voters moved decidedly right like the rest of the state. Teresa and Robert Jensen will have to enlist the help of the purple-shirted thugs next time.