The Burns campaign has been silent about the Rep. Mark Foley scandal, but Montana Democrats have been on the attack. Tester spokesman Matt McKenna says, "Burns was working hand in hand with known predator Mark Foley long after Republican leaders were made aware of his behavior. Montanans deserve to know what Burns knew and when he knew it about Mr. Foley's relationship with the young page."
And the Montana Democratic Party is calling attention to Burns and Foley having worked together on Internet safety legislation that took aim at sexual predators online. Burns sponsored the Senate version of Foley's House bill. The state Democratic Party is highlighting a photo still (from CNN B-roll footage from 2004) that shows Burns and Foley in front of a banner that reads, "Making the Web a Safer Place for Children."
In a story in the Great Falls Tribune, Burns spokesman Jason Klindt did not dispute the senator's earlier cooperation with Foley but noted: "Conrad's been working to stop people like Mark Foley."