A new story from HuffPost spotlights how President Trump’s formal nomination of William Perry Pendley, an extremist with “anti-environmental views and a long history of advocating for the sale of federal lands,” to run the Bureau of Land Management is putting endangered Senators Cory Gardner and Steve Daines “in a tough spot.” The emerging “dilemma” will force Gardner and Daines, facing increasingly difficult re-election campaigns, to decide whether to “enrage public land advocates” in their states or “face the wrath of Trump.”
Gardner and Daines have both refused to disavow Pendley in the past:
“Senator Daines and Senator Gardner have been trying to mislead voters and greenwash their records, but their reluctance to reject a dangerous enemy of public lands like William Perry Pendley is yet another reminder of their real priorities and why they deserve to lose their seats,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “Refusing to oppose an anti-environment extremist who wants to sell off public lands is more proof Senator Daines and Senator Gardner can’t be trusted to stand up to their party leaders in Washington, even when it means failing their states.”
HuffPost: Trump’s Pick For Public Lands Chief Puts Endangered GOP Senators In A Bind
Either Cory Gardner and Steve Daines back an anti-environment extremist and outrage public land advocates, or they oppose him and face Trump’s wrath.
By Chris D’Angelo
July 1, 2020
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