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Letter: Schweitzer must inform voters to earn vote

Letter: Schweitzer must inform voters to earn vote

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I am an engineering student at Montana Tech. While I may not be the savviest in politics, I am no mental midget either. I recently cast my vote for the 2008 elections with my absentee ballot. I was researching the various candidates online. I was using the following Web sites: www.votesmart.org and ontheissues.org.

While researching the candidates running for Montana's next governor, I was alarmed by what I found about our current Gov. Brian Schweitzer. On the first Web site (votesmart) I clicked on the Issue Positions (or Political Courage Test) link. The Political Courage Test tells citizens the position the candidate would take on issues they will be facing on their constituents' behalf.

There was nothing listed on Schweitzer's profile page. Schweitzer repeatedly refused to provide any response.

On the second Web site (ontheissues) I searched for our governor's profile page. This Web site lists where a candidate stands on key political issues. It is very similar to the Political Courage Test on the Project Vote Smart Web site. Schweitzer is listed as "no stance on record."

I want to know why schweitzer has chosen to keep the citizens of Montana in the dark. What is he trying to hide? What is he ashamed off? I want to know what his political agenda is. I want to know how he expects the citizens of Montana to vote for him again, when we don't know what he believes in or what he stands for. This is outrageous; he is a public official accountable to our state. Where is the accountability? I urge you to ask yourselves the same questions as you vote this November.

Justin Pickar, Butte

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