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Senate candidate Adams lacks statesmanship

2014-05-06T00:00:00Z 2014-05-06T14:56:05Z Senate candidate Adams lacks statesmanship The Billings Gazette
May 06, 2014 12:00 am

U.S. Senate candidate Dirk Adams has suggested to voters he's ready to be a senator who makes Montana proud. After hearing him speak at a Lewis & Clark County Democratic Central Committee meeting, it's clear he is on a dark path in pursuit of the power of a U.S. senator.

When given the opportunity to talk issues, he went on an emotional tirade against candidates and elected officials indicating he is not prepared to conduct himself respectfully, with the statesmanship required to get things done.

He said public employees are not public servants.

It was my conversation with him as we were adjourning that was most disturbing. Adams, whose views would economically devastate Montana, made headlines for declaring "coal is dead" and opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline. I confronted him on this, saying coal is not dead. He leaned in and told me that's what he has to say to get elected.

It appears none of us know what Adams really stands for. We need people of integrity and conviction in the U.S. Senate. With all due respect, Adams is not one of those people.

Sandi Curriero Luckey

East Helena

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