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MSU political science professor’s column about Tester featured in Washington Post column

November 20, 2014

A column written by Montana State University political science professor David Parker about the appointment of Montana Sen.Jon Tester to head the 2016 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was published in the Nov. 20 issue of the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” column, a feature in the newspaper’s political section.MSU political science professor David Parker is the author of the recently published ââ¬ÅBattle for the Big Sky: Representation and the Politics for Place in the Race for the U.S. Senate.ââ¬Â The book was the result of two years of travel with and access to both candidates in the heavily contest 2012 U.S. Senate race in Montana in which Tester beat back a challenge by Republican Denny Rehberg.

A column written by Montana State University political science professor David Parker about the appointment of Montana Sen.Jon Tester to head the 2016 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was published in the Nov. 20 issue of the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” column, a feature in the newspaper’s political section.

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A column about the appointment of Montana Sen. Jon Tester to head the 2016 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee written by Montana State University political science professor David Parker was published in this morning’s  (Nov. 20)  Washington Post.

Why it makes sense for Jon Tester to head the DSCC” appeared in the “Monkey Cage” column, a regular column of political commentary that appears in the “Politics” section of the newspaper. The column usually features the works of political scientists using research to make sense of national politics.

Parker wrote the opinion piece following last week’s appointment of Tester to lead the 2016 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s efforts to recruit and support Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate across the country.

Parker is uniquely qualified to make the observations. He is the author of the recently published “Battle for the Big Sky: Representation and the Politics for Place in the Race for the U.S. Senate.” The book was the result of two years of travel with and access to both candidates in the heavily contest 2012 U.S. Senate race in Montana in which Tester beat back a challenge by Republican Denny Rehberg.

Parker is regarded as an objective, nonpartisan voice of political analysis in Montana who has been cited as an authority on the state’s politics in news media ranging from the New York Times to the Montana News Network.

“In selecting Tester to head the DSCC — responsible for spearheading the campaign efforts of the Democratic Party in the Senate, including messaging, candidate recruitment and prodigious fundraising — the party chose someone who won two tough races, made inroads into traditionally Republican constituencies in a red state and understands rural values,” Parker wrote in his column..

Parker will give a presentation about his book at a reception for authors in the MSU College of Letters and Science scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the large community room at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St. in Bozeman. The event is co-sponsored by the college and the Bozeman Public Library Foundation. It is free and open to all. 

To read more about Parker’s thoughts about the key appointment, see his piece on the Washington Post website.

 

 

David Parker (406) 600-0907 or 994-5163, dparker@montana.edu

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