*Story first published Feb. 22, 2023

Liberal Montana Senator Jon Tester announced that he IS running for re-election in 2024. This race was already expected to be one of the top targets for national Republicans in a state that has turned solid red in recent years.

"It's official. I'm running for reelection," Tester's campaign tweeted out at 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

When I first saw the news this AM I said this:

This explains why he is now pretending to be moderate again...and pretending to be tough on China. Liberal Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) says he is running for re-election.

Nicole in Columbus, one of our radio listeners, also gave this immediate reaction via Twitter:

He (Tester) sounds like a broken record, constantly repeating the same rhetoric, "I farm, I ranch"... except he doesn't stand for agriculture. He doesn't stand for Montana, he doesn't stand for US. He stands for Washington, China, and Ukraine. It's time he learns how to fall...

Shortly after the start of the 6 a.m. hour on the radio, I went down the hall to fill up my coffee cup and shared the news with "The Breakfast Flakes" who have now been on the air on Cat Country in Billings for 35 years. When I told Paul Mushaben that Tester is running for re-election, he said, "Tehran Jon? Oh yeah"...with the expected eye roll.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which is chaired by Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) sent out this reaction shortly after 6 a.m.:

The Tester-Biden agenda has given Montanans rising crime, higher taxes, and an open southern border that is flooding communities with deadly fentanyl. Montanans are going to send Joe Biden’s favorite Senator packing in 2024. – NRSC Spokeswoman Maggie Abboud

What's your reaction? Send me a note via Twitter or e-mail aaron (at) MontanaTalks.com

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