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D.C. Meat, Gun Laws Not Good Enough For Jon Tester

The New York Times notes that Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) brings a 40lb bag of meat with him whenever he leaves his home state for his Capitol Hill home.

Traveling from his ranch to the airport in Great Falls, Mont., takes 90 minutes by truck. Then Senator Tester takes two commercial flights to reach Reagan National Airport here.

Such a trip calls for light packing, yet the senator, a first-term Democrat, can often be found lugging an extra 40-pound roller bag, which he gingerly stuffs into the overhead bin. His precious cargo is neither briefing books nor an extra raincoat, but roasts, ribs, round steak and (his favorite) rib steak.

“Taking meat with us is just something that we do,” Senator Tester, 55, said over a meal of beef stroganoff cooked by his wife, Sharla, in their Capitol Hill town house. “We like our own meat.”

Normally, we'd have no, er, beef with this. After all, it's not like D.C. actually produces its own meat (though of course he could buy sustainable, grassfed beef from Virginia, Maryland, or Pennsylvania producers at farmers' markets in the District). But it's a bit annoying that a senator who attempted to repeal the District's gun laws back in 2010 won't even eat what most residents do.

(Also, didn't he hear? Americans are eating less meat these days.)

This post originally identified Tester as a Republican.

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Comments

  1. #1

    He's actually a democrat.

  2. #2

    @Cate: Yes, fixed.

  3. #3

    If I raised my own beef, and could bring it along on extended stays... I'd consider that far superior to any local farmers market... sorry.

  4. #4

    Senator Tester's motto: Bring the beef to Washington, bring the pork back to Montana.

  5. #5

    He should look into beef at Wolf Creek Farm in Wolftown, Virginia. The quality of this meat would exceed almost if not all of the beef grown in Montana.

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