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August 27, 2014

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Reid likes to hang with Montana senator

WASHINGTON — Maybe it’s a two dudes from the West thing. Or something to do with that down-home flat-top haircut.

But when Sen. Harry Reid was asked today which senator he personally enjoyed spending time with, the majority leader thought hard before giving a shout out to the farmer from Montana.

“Jon Tester,” Reid said during a breakfast talk with reporters and others hosted by National Journal.

Tester, who still farms alfalfa, lentils and such on land his family homesteaded 100 years ago, clinched an unusual victory in the Democratic sweep of 2006.

A former butcher-shop operator and sometimes public school music teacher, Tester is a low-key moderate the New York Times once called a prairie pragmatist. When he arrived in Washington, he was ranked 100th (because of his seniority and small state) of the 100 senators.

A pragmatist and underdog? Sounds like a Reid favorite indeed.

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