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By Alex Ross 

Dean says shut out from speaking

Dems say she agreed to speak Tuesday

 

October 23, 2017

Havre Daily News/Floyd Brandt

Sarah Dean

Montana Democratic Senate primary candidate Sarah Dean said she was prevented by "Sen. Jon Tester and his men" from speaking Saturday at the Hill County Democratic Central Committee Pasma-Peck Dinner, though organizers say otherwise.

Dean, a Havre resident who is challenging Tester for the party's nomination in his bid for re-election, said in a press release Sunday that the people allowed to speak were Tester and state Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, and the party's three candidates challenging U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, John Heenan, Grant Kier and state Rep. Tom Woods, D-Bozeman.

"Is Tester so weak that he cannot allow a 30-year-old woman with no prior political experience a few minutes to speak? "Dean asked in the release.

She added in the release that her not being allowed to speak was controversial and offended many.

Bachmeier said today she was not denied the chance to speak. He said both she and her husband, Republican Senate candidate James Dean, who each filed as candidates Sept. 25, were given free admission to the fundraiser instead of being charged the $50 admission price.

He said when she approached him a the fundraiser he said he told her the slate of speakers had been set months before.

"The only controversy is the controversy she's trying to start," he said. "I asked her if she would be willing to speak at our dinner on Tuesday, since the committee already voted on which candidates to allow, and she agreed."

Dean had not responded to emails asking for more comment on the issue.

Bachmeier said Sarah Dean is welcomed and encouraged to attend the Hill County Democrat's monthly meeting, "to learn more about the community and to have the committee learn more about her.

"I know she's new to Havre and I've even told her I'd sit down with her and talk to her about her campaign," he said.

 

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