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Rob Quist

Montana Senator Steve Daines at the state capitol in Helena in February, 2017
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Editor's note: The goal of this addendum is to explain how factually incorrect information was posted about two individuals in the post below, which was a follow-up to a 2/21/18 story by MTPR reporter Edward O’Brien. One of the individuals opted to add her own comments at the end of the original post.

March 3, 2018 addendum to original posting:

After Edward O’Brien’s story about Senator Daines' visit to Missoula aired, the senator's Chief of Staff Jason Thielman asked us for a correction. No information in Edward's story was factually incorrect, so I said a correction would be inappropriate. He asked to provide further “context” about two of the people quoted in the story, which I granted. It was posted 2/22/18.

In his account below, Mr. Thielman asserted that two individuals interviewed by O’Brien are “active Democrat operatives” and provided links showing that in the past, one had done work for Democratic US House Candidate Rob Quist, and the other had been a MT Bernie Sander delegate to the DNC. I did not contact those people prior to airing all of Mr. Thielman's unsubstantiated assertions. That was an error on my part.

Both individuals have been in touch with me and told me they are not “active Democrat operatives.” Jacobs brought up various aspects of the Journalistic Code of Ethics, and provided me with ample evidence of her longstanding nonpartisan and educational civic work in Montana.

I should not have given Thielman a public platform to make false assertions. I regret the error.

Original text of our story: On Wednesday, Montana Public Radio aired a story about Senator Steve Daines’ visit to Missoula. In that story, we heard from two people who were critical of Daines for not sticking to his schedule, accusing him of trying to evade the public.

Today, we were contacted by the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Jason Thielman, who thought it was important for listeners to know more about the people we heard from.

Greg Gianforte
Courtesy Gianforte campaign

Montana’s Secretary of State certified the results of the May 25 special election today, naming Greg Gianforte Montana’s next congressman. Gianforte will be  sworn in as Montana’s next congressman Wednesday,  June 21 in the U.S. Capitol.

Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25, 2017.
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Montana’s congressman-elect Greg Gianforte has not yet been sworn in, but has filed for re-election in 2018.

Eric Whitney: Howdy and Welcome to "Capitol Talk," our weekly political analysis show. I'm Eric Whitney filling in for Sally Mauk.

Greg Gianforte: Montana sent a strong message tonight that we want a congressman who will work with President Trump to make America and Montana great again.

Mark Wicks was the Libertarian candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat in the 2017 special election.
Courtesy Mark Wicks

The Libertarian in yesterday’s special congressional election says he’s getting accused of being a spoiler candidate.

Mark Wicks posted on Facebook today that some people upset about Republican Greg Gianforte’s election to the U.S House of Representatives are taking out their frustrations on him:

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