Montana Dems’ Find Candidate For 2014 Senate Race   Leave a comment

When Sen. Max Baucus decided not to seek re-election in 2014, Senate Dems’ were naturally worried that the seat could fall in Republican hands, especially after popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer decided not to run in Baucus’s place…it would appear, however that Montana Dems’ have finally found someone who will seek to hold onto the seat and keep it blue: the state’s current Lt.Gov. John Walsh. Quoting:

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D) will run for the Senate, he announced Thursday morning, giving Democrats a viable recruit in the GOP-leaning state.
Walsh, a former adjudtant general in the Montana National Guard who served in Iraq, touted his military experience and promised to work across the aisle in his announcement video.

“We all know it’s going to take a sense of duty to stand up for what’s right. The idea of selfless service, to put our country on the right track again, and the courage to tackle the national debt and defend those who don’t have a voice: our seniors, our veterans, our children,” he says in an announcement video touting his military experience. “I’m ready to do what it takes to put the people of the great state of Montana first.”

Democrats have been scrambling for a candidate ever since Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) shocked many with a retirement announcement earlier this year, and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) decided against a run. A number of other high-profile Democrats have turned down a bid, and Walsh has become the consensus favorite for the party since Schweitzer’s decision. 

While Walsh doesn’t have much political experience — his run for lieutenant governor last year was his first campaign of his career — on paper he looks like a candidate who might be able to keep the race competitive.(The Hill)

For what it’s worth, I’d say this is a good pick for the Democrats; Walsh, by all accounts, seems like a fair person who’ll do right by the people of his state and given the GOP’s penchant for trying to hoard everything military-related in their corner, having a candidate with some service credo (Walsh is an Iraq veteran who also has served as Montana’s Adjutant General) will help take the sting away from Republican attacks in that area. It’ll force Republicans to spend more in ads touting their expected candidate, first-term Rep. Steve Daines, which could hurt them in other races as well (Montana is one of the seats the GOP is counting on to try to re-take the Senate in 2014). At present, I’d say this race is still a toss-up for now, though as with everything else in the political arena, that prediction can easily change between now and Election Day 2014.


Posted October 3, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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