I thought the Kansas City Star headline on the AP story was interesting: “Former VP Cheney mum on daughter’s Senate bid.”
But, when I read the story, it seemed he’s not so mum after all…
Cheney told the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/16Uk1tj ) that he expects his daughter Liz to prevail next year in her Republican primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mike Enzi.
“I’m refraining from making any comments other than she’s my daughter and she’ll make a great senator and I’m delighted to support her,” Dick Cheney said at the Parkway Plaza Hotel & Convention Centre, where he was attending a birthday party for former U.S. Rep. John Wold.
Meanwhile, when it comes to Montana’s US Senate race. Lee Newspapers noted that John Lewis, state director for Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is leaving the senator’s office in order to explore a race.
Lewis is a Billings native now living in Helena who has worked for Baucus for more than a dozen years. He previously worked as a legislative assistant…
Chuck Johnson also noted that Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) has talked with Lt. Governor John Walsh about the race.
Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he has talked several times with Lt. Gov. John Walsh about running for the U.S. Senate, but has neither encouraged nor discouraged his running mate from entering the race.
We’ve have had some discussions about it, and making sure that he hadn’t really given much thought to it,” Bullock said. “He likes the job that he’s doing and he’s doing a good job at it.”
Speaking of the US Senate race, here’s an interesting read at RealClearPolitics.com: (h/t Kyle Schmauch)
“Those Towns.” A fantastic read about the disconnect between D.C. and “real” America, places like #Montana. http://t.co/9qUvdrq46i #mtpol
— Kyle Schmauch (@KyleSchmauch) August 5, 2013
Yet so many of the big stories in Flyover Country are happening irrespective of what D.C. does. Detroit went bust, despite a thriving auto industry that not long ago needed a federal boost. North Dakota’s energy boom is spilling into neighboring states despite the lack of a coherent national energy policy that merges the economy and the environment, and people there think the boom is going to last. Despite lingering pockets of drought and Congress’ struggle to come up with a new farm bill, the Farm Belt is about to deliver a potentially record corn and soybean crop this fall. On farm radio stations, Brazilian soybean yields or Japan’s latest wheat purchase are as important as anything out of Washington.
During a brief stop in Hungry Horse, Mont., I emailed a former boss back in D.C., saying that the capital seemed a lot further away than the 2,300 miles that separated us. Literally, it feels so.
Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/08/02/those_towns_tour_puts_dc_in_its_place_119470.html#ixzz2b726PN9Q
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