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Montana Democrats to run ads against Burns

The Montana Democratic Party is running ads that criticize Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) and his links to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The "Stay Home" ad criticizes Burns, the chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee, for taking campaign contributions from Abramoff, his former tribal clients and his former partner Michael Scanlon. In total, Burns received $136,000 -- the most of any lawmaker in the Senate or the House.

The ad also criticizes remarks Burns made to two female flight attendants after a recent flight. He reportedly made sexist comments about the need for women to stay home rather than work.

Tribal leaders have defended Burns, who controls funding for Indian programs. "We know that Conrad Burns has been a positive and aggressive advocate for Indian Country in general and especially so for the tribes in Montana," Salish and Kootenai Chairman Fred Matt said in a recent opinion piece.

The state's newspapers have written editorials against Burns for his links to the Abramoff scandal.

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Democrats to run anti-Burns ads (The Missoulian 11/22)

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