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Heard on the Hill: HOH Scores the Montana Money Quote

Updatd: 7:40 p.m.

The Montana GOP threw down a gauntlet Wednesday when it called for someone to nail down Democratic Sen. Jon Testers position on the presidents job proposal.

Wanted: Jon Tester, for Riding the Fence, the email said. The MT GOP is offering a reward for proof of Testers for or against position.

Any person who can get Senator Tester to commit to voting yes or no on Obamas new stimulus is eligible for the reward, it continued.

The reward? One hundred cold ones. Say no more: HOH was on the case.

We went above and beyond by calling the Senators office and speaking to Aaron Murphy, Testers spokesman.

I can say that Jon is against the presidents proposal, Murphy told HOH. So I guess the reward money goes to me.

(Ahem, Mr. Murphy. We beg to differ. HOH won fair and square.)

The Montana GOP can make its check payable to the Billings Fire Department to help with legal fees brought on by Congressman Dennis Rehbergs lawsuit against firefighters, Murphy said, making reference to the Montana Republicans lawsuit against the city of Billings for not fully extinguishing a wildfire on the Congressmans property.

Moments after our item hit the World Wide Web, Montana Republican Party Executive Director Bowen Greenwood emailed HOH to ask to whom the group should make our check out.

HOH declined to take the reward money because of ethics and our editor telling us No but mostly ethics.

The Montana GOP seemed pretty cool with our choice because after we turned them down, they told us we didnt win. (Doubtful. We totally won.)

The people of Montana didnt elect Aaron Murphy to represent them in Washington, Greenwood told HOH. His opinion about the Senators position is interesting, but I think Montanans would prefer to hear it directly from the Senator. Just this weekend Sen. Tester said he wanted his campaign to be about issues, but when it comes time to take a position on an issue, he sent a spokesman to make personal attacks.

So, anyway, if anyone does win the money, definitely let us have some.

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