Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who is currently campaigning for a Senate seat, has been accused by rival Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) of perpetuating a “repeated pattern of hostility toward women in the workplace.”
Daines dropped the bombshell during a debate with Bullock, and also accused the governor of allowing his campaign manager, Kevin O’Brien, to “sexually harass women under [his] watch.”
Bullock under fire
The highly contentious debate featured Daines going all-in against Bullock, attacking the governor over a number of serious allegations against himself and his staff.
Regarding O’Brien, Daines charged Bullock with enabling his former staffer’s bad behavior, claiming that “not only did he cover it up, but he got him a new job in a position of power with the mayor of New York City, de Blasio, where he victimized women again because Gov. Bullock chose not to warn his new employer.”
According to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), there are extensive allegations of inappropriate and hostile behavior towards women on Bullock’s part as well.
For instance, Bullock allegedly pushed out former state employee Wendie Fredrickson from her job because she threatened to expose fraudulent activities.
Bullock also allegedly refused to work with Elsie Arntzen, Montana’s female Superintendent of Public Instruction, because she is female. There are at least five other allegations of misconduct towards women leveled against Bullock on the record.
In addition to accusations that Bullock has mistreated several women in his circle, Daines also highlighted concerns that Bullock is receiving paychecks from his brother’s company that has received millions of dollars from state contracts.
According to Breitbart, Steve Bullock’s brother Bill is the chairman of Pioneer Technical Services, an engineering and construction company that has received more than $14 million from the Montana state government since Bullock took office in 2013.
Daines asked Bullock point-blank during the debate if he receives “monthly paychecks” from the company. Bullock refused to answer the question directly, talking instead about how his brother started the company in his basement in the 1990s.
According to allegations from BothwaysBullock.com, the governor has received $50,000 per year in rental income from Pioneer Technical Services.
The race for Daines’ Senate seat is reportedly very tight, and it’s critical for Democrats to secure the seat in order to flip the Senate in November. However, Republicans have consistently highlighted Bullock’s “scandal-ridden administration” throughout the contest, making it difficult for Bullock to take the lead.