U.S. Senate candidate Curtis names campaign manager, gets endorsement

2014-08-21T18:30:00Z 2014-10-04T19:08:23Z U.S. Senate candidate Curtis names campaign manager, gets endorsementMissoulian State Bureau missoulian.com
August 21, 2014 6:30 pm  • 

HELENA – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis has named her campaign manager and also picked up a key endorsement Thursday from a national left-leaning political action committee.

Democracy for America, the Vermont-based PAC founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, endorsed Curtis in her five-day-old campaign against Republican Steve Daines for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat. Libertarian Roger Roots also is in the race.

Curtis “is precisely the new, progressive hero Montana Democrats need” to defeat Daines, said Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America.

Democracy for America says it has 1 million members nationwide. The PAC contributes to candidates and has made a pitch to its nationwide membership to support Curtis with donations.

Curtis, 34, a state representative and high school math teacher from Butte, started her campaign Saturday, replacing Sen. John Walsh on the ballot. She began the race with virtually no money.

Walsh withdrew from the race in the wake of a plagiarism scandal about his 2007 master’s degree final paper at the U.S. Army War College.

On Wednesday evening, Curtis named Clayton Elliott of Helena as her new campaign manager.

Elliott, originally from Powell, Wyoming, currently is the lead lobbyist and community organizer for the Northern Plains Resource Council, an environmental, conservation and family-agriculture group that works on water quality, agriculture and mining issues. He’ll become Curtis’ campaign manager next week.

Also Thursday, the Montana State Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Curtis, saying she’ll support public investment in public infrastructure, which can create jobs.

The council is federation of several labor unions, which were strong supporters of Curtis’ nomination as a candidate.

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  1. jus wundrin
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    jus wundrin - August 22, 2014 10:31 am
    But, but, but, she said that she was a "moderate".

    She'll fit right in with the obama regime, and loyally support DC.
  2. idiot state
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    idiot state - August 22, 2014 8:23 am
    The Northern Plains Resource Council is a seriously liberal (radical) left wing group masquerading as environmentalists but in reality anti capitalist. Actually, they've been successful in stopping job creating projects and throwing up obstacles whenever their little heads can think of it. They're a total pain in Wyoming and the West. Yeah; they're a good fit for Ms. Curtis. So is Howard Dean's little PAC....LOL...Montana politics are sweet!!
  3. nomolobo
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    nomolobo - August 22, 2014 7:42 am
    How do suppose this campaign will turn out, with a self proclaimed anarchist, who is anti-second amendment, run by a community organizer?
  4. walter12
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    walter12 - August 22, 2014 6:00 am
    Wow, now there is an edorsement that will help here. Right. Democracy for America, Howard Dean, you not get more leftist than that. And our buddy Howard is a wacko.
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